SHILLONG, Aug 12: Meghalaya Minister in charge of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, HDR Lyngdoh has urged the farmers of the state to take up large scale farming as a means of better livelihood.
Making this appeal at a one day awareness programme on Livestock and Poultry Farming and Meghalaya State Livestock Mission at Sohiong on Saturday, Lyngdoh said, “The ready availability of market for livestock products as the State depends largely on other States for supply of raw meat and poultry products.”
He also informed that the State Livestock Mission launched by the Chief Minister recently aims at creating livelihood opportunities for the rural farmers and also provides employment opportunities through livestock and poultry rearing in their own backyards.
Lyngdoh also said that the farmers of the areas are fortunate to have such an awareness programme on livestock and poultry farming which is very important to increase their livestock and poultry rearing especially in this area where the environment is suitable for rearing of poultry. He also urged the farmers to go for large scale farming so as to earn higher profit margins.
This awareness programme was organized by the Office of the District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Officer, East Khasi Hills District in collaboration with the Office of the Block Development Officer, Sohiong C&RD Block. The inaugural session was followed by the technical session presented by Dr. R. K. Marbaniang and Dr. I Warjri, A.H.&V. Officers on the topics ‘Impact of Livestock and Poultry Farming on Rural Livelihoods’ and ‘Common diseases affecting Livestock and Poultry and their Zoonotic importance’.