Saturday, December 10, 2022

Make plan to boost animal husbandry: Union min Rupala asks state govt

Union minister of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying, Parshottam Rupala, who arrived Kohima on his two-day maiden visit to Nagaland on Thursday asked the state government to make a holistic plan to boost animal husbandry and increase livestock in the state.
According to DIPR, Rupala held a review meeting with advisor animal husbandry & veterinary services R Khing and advisor fisheries and aquatic resources L Khumo at Dzukuo House, Raj Bhavan, Kohima.
On being apprised that there are more than 2,000 mithun farmers in 297 villages of the state, the minister asked the state authorities to submit a proposal to the Centre to help farmers involved in rearing of bovine species mithun. Rupala assured that he would consider the need-based proposals, which would benefit the farming community and the entrepreneurs.
He further encouraged the department officials to use modern and scientific technology for the welfare of the people through various programmes of the Ministry. Union minister said there were government schemes for the rearing of cows and pigs, providing up to 50 per cent subsidy. He said that similar programmes should be proposed by the state administration to encourage mithun farming in Nagaland, Rupala said.
“Your state should send the request and we will consider it,” he told officials.
Pointing out that livestock in Nagaland has decreased by 40 per cent, while the human population has been increasing, Rupala said that a comprehensive plan to boost animal husbandry should be sent to the Centre, besides proposals on the requirement of the state and details of projects which have been pending should be submitted.
He also asked the state departments to provide details of funds provided by the Centre and its utilisation in the state.
He claimed that Nagaland was not able to fully utilise the funds provided during the 2021-22 financial year and did not send proposals for the current fiscal.
Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) Nagaland Y Kikheto Sema, chaired the meeting and power point presentations were given by the department officials from animal husbandry & veterinary services and fisheries & aquatic resources. This was followed by interaction with the Union Minister.
Rupala also called on the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio at his official residence. Later, a dinner was hosted by minister of agriculture G. Kaito Aye in honour of the Union Minister at Hotel Vivor.
The union minister would be visiting Kiphire Aspirational district on October 21 to review the centrally-sponsored schemes and central sector schemes with deputy commissioner and department officials concerned and would leave for New Delhi in the evening.

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