Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday launched India’s largest piggery project, estimated at Rs 200 crore, that would benefit close to 25,000 households and make the state self-sufficient in pork production.
The project was launched at National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) headquarters in New Delhi and is funded by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MAF) and NCDC in presence of Union Minister of State (MoS) for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Kailash Choudhury and Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong.
“The Piggery Mission would make the state self-sufficient in pork production and would also go a long way in making Meghalaya Atmanirbhar”, Sangma said.
Union Minister for the state, MAF, Kailash Choudhury and deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong were also present during the launch. As part of the first instalment of the project, a cheque of 52.36 crores was handed to the Chief Minister by Choudhury.
“The Meghalaya State Piggery Mission, supported by the NCDC, will enable our State to achieve self-sufficiency in pork production, reduce our import burden by nearly Rs. 150 crore annually and improve the incomes of over 25,000 households, totalling to an annual increment of Rs. 70 crore across the state,” the Chief Minister added.
Sangma said under the “State Piggery Mission”, farmers would be provided interest-free loans. The interest for the loan will be paid by the State Government to encourage farmers to avail the loan, the Chief Minister said.
He also informed that through convergence with MGNREGA, the programme will be implemented in the State to extend the benefit of the project in villages.
Sangma also spoke about the State’s diverse agro-climatic zones that encourage the growth of a range of high-value agriculture products such as lakadong turmeric, honey, oranges, strawberries and mushrooms.
“The Government of Meghalaya has already undertaken various initiatives to improve production, productivity and marketing of our agriculture produce,” he said, adding that the vision is to take Meghalaya among top ten Indian States in terms of per capita income by 2030.
Reference: Nagaland Post
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