SHILLONG, May 11: With the approval given by the State Cabinet for the five-year Meghalaya State Livestock Mission 2017-2022 with a projected amount of Rs 1088.97 crore, a total of 1.95 lakh households in the state now stand to benefit from this project.
“We have approved the proposal of the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry department for implementing the livestock mission in the state,” Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma announced after a cabinet meeting held here on Thursday.
The Meghalaya State Piggery and Livestock Development Society (MSPLDS) was also approved for implementation of the Mission for a period of five years from 2017-2022, which will coincides with the celebration of Meghalaya’s 50th year of statehood.
“This is to ensure that the people have better livelihood opportunities,” Dr. Sangma said while adding that the mission is based on the demand by the stakeholders in view that 80% of the total population are engaging in farming activities.
Informing that the total projected amount for five years is at Rs 1088.97 crore, he said the mission aims at taking care of households considered at the bottom 20 from the socio-economic census besides creating opportunities for willing partners.
He however said there will be credit linkages only for entrepreneurs.
The Minister of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, HDR Lyngdoh meanwhile informed that under the Mission, out of 1.95 lakh beneficiaries targeted, 50,000 households will be covered in the first year of the Mission with a projected amount of Rs 217 crore.
The Livestock Mission is yet another ambitious program of the state government which will not only address the demand and supply gap in meat production but will to a great extent reduce rural to urban migration.
However special emphasis is given to piggery besides encouraging the targeted beneficiaries to take up cattle rearing, poultry farming and others.
Stating that the government is concerned by the huge gap of demand and supply, Dr. Sangma said, “The objective of the mission is also to ensure that we become a surplus state in terms of meat production by having the right kind of investment.”
“It is also being designed to take care of the overall nutritional status of the people of the state,” he said.
Dr. Sangma also said that the mission will also go a long way in dealing with the issue of urban congestion while opining that it will stabilize the population in both rural and urban areas.
“The issue of unforeseen congestion of the city can be avoided keeping in mind that the anticipated growth of population overshoots the estimate,” he added.
According to him, the Mission is one of the interventions which will be supplemented by other interventions of the state government.