Centre to support Nagaland in mithun development, conservation

Centre to support Nagaland in mithun development, conservation
Giriraj Singh with R. Khing and others. (PRO)
DIMAPUR, JUL 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/11/2019 11:13:20 AM IST

Centre is mulling to provide full support to Nagaland in mithun development and conservation. This was conveyed by Union fisheries, animal husbandry & dairying minister Giriraj Singh to State’s animal husbandry & veterinary services and women resource development adviser R Khing when the latter called on him in New Delhi on Thursday. Khing was accompanied by commissioner & secretary Alan Gonmei and other senior State government officials. 

In the meeting, where Union fisheries, animal husbandry & dairying joint secretary OP Choudhury was also present, Singh said he was already in touch with Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) for mithun development in Nagaland. 

Also, as there was a huge demand for pigs, he said he intended to make Nagaland, along with other North-eastern States, self-sufficient in pigs. He suggested that the State may replicate the Meghalaya model on creating pig value chain involving cooperative societies for production, management, slaughtering and marketing of pigs.

The Union minister mentioned that incorporation of quality protein maize (QPM) and moringa in the State could reduce the cost of pig production by reducing concentrated / industrial feeds. 

He also suggested that the State should encourage silage making through usage of QPM, along with biomass through fodder development. He assured to take up the proposal submitted by the State.

Earlier, while congratulating Singh on taking over the newly-created Union ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry & dairying, Khing also briefed the former about the potential of animal husbandry in Nagaland due to its rich natural vegetation and food habit of the people. 

He also apprised the Union minister about the importance of pig and mithun in the State, adding that both were part of the local culture. He said there was a need to promote and conserve these two livestock species to meet their increasing demand in the State. 

In this regard, Khing urged Singh to provide all possible help for promotion of piggery and dairy, besides for mithun conservation and development in the state.

Later in the day, the State government officials called on National Cooperative Development Corporation chief director Ashok Pillai at his office in New Delhi and discussed the modalities and possibilities for promoting pig value chain through credit linkage in the State.

This was stated in a press release by Kuolie Mere, PRO of Nagaland House, New Delhi. 


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