Minister of planning and coordination, veterinary and animal husbandry, evaluation and parliamentary affairs T.R. Zeliang said the veterinary and animal husbandry department was working hard to make Nagaland a self sufficient state in meat and its products.
Addressing the launching ceremony of White Revolution Project at Secunoma village Saturday, T.R. Zeliang said Nagaland was losing crores of rupees to other state in importing meat and its products because of which Nagas’ economy could not grow. About 60 percent of the meats were imported while only 40 or less percent were locally produced, he said.
Once meat production in the state increases and imported from other state comes down, the state economy will grow, he added. The department has estimated that about Rs 250 crores were spent annually on meat imports from other state but in reality it could be far more than, T.R. Zeliang said.
Currently, veterinary department is implementing two projects under Integrated Livestocks which is a state project and White Revolutions. The department is implementing the White Revolution projects under three categories-model dairy farms which has 40 cows, community dairy farm which has 10 cows and for individuals 2 milk producing cows will given, he said.
Disclosing that many projects were in the pipeline to boost meat and its product in the state, Zeliang urged the people not to slaughter/kill animals which were meant for milk and egg production. Zeliang also said schemes will be implemented only in 4 districts in the current year while rest of 7 district will be benefited next year. Managing Director, Dr L Moses chaired the function while Dr A. Yhokha, Proect Director, NSDCF Ltd highlighted the schemes. Minister also latter visited Mithun Project at Medziphema and interacted with the officials.