Tuesday, October 4, 2022

M’laya CM stresses on ‘Progress’ scheme for farmers

Correspondent

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday said that the State through ‘Progress’ scheme envisions tapping opportunities by ensuring that farmers earn sustainable livelihood through different livestock farming activities. After launching the ambitious flagship programme for the farmers – ‘Rural Backyard Piggery Scheme’ under National Livestock Mission at Byrnihat in Ri-Bhoi district, Sangma said that the government through different welfare schemes is successfully providing income generation opportunities and thereby ensuring economic prosperity of the farmers.
He informed that Meghalaya acquires 18,000 metric tons of pork from different states and there is huge shortfall in supply and demand and through the piggery scheme, Meghalaya envisions addressing the shortage in availability of pork. Sangma said that the flagship programme ‘Progress’ has been conceptualized by the state government to ensure prosperity of grassroots families through livestock intervention which includes piggery, poultry and rearing of goats.
“Under Rural Backyard Piggery Scheme – phase-1, government has earmarked Rs 15.18 crore under which four high yielding improved variety will be distributed to 6000 families,” he said. The Chief Minister informed that additional Rs 25 crore will be earmarked to roll out the second phase of the programme. “To make the State self-sufficient in pork, the government is implementing one of the largest piggery development programmes, the ‘Meghalaya Piggery Mission’. Under this mission, zero interest loans are provided for fattening and pig breeding. So far 250 piggery cooperative societies have availed loan amounting to Rs 43.67 crore,” an official said.
To further exploit the potential of piggery sector, the official said the government had launched ‘Rural Backyard Piggery Scheme’ funded by the Central Government under National Livestock Mission and also State Government.
The scheme was launched on August 10 in Samanda block in East Garo Hills district and the scheme received a good response and appreciation from farmers.
Under this scheme, four piglets, three females and one male piglet will be distributed to farmers to promote pig breeding to provide regular income to farmers. This livestock package is worth of Rs 25,000 per beneficiary. This scheme is envisaged to benefit 6000 poor and marginal farmers and also increase pork production in the State,” the official added