Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on August 20 called on Union minister for fisheries, animal husbandry and dairy, Giriraj Singh, and apprised him on the initiative of the piggery value chain that is being introduced in the state.
Sangma, who was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister and in-charge of animal husbandry and veterinary Prestone Tynsong, said objective of the initiative is to intensify piggery in the region in a scientific manner and promote piggery value chain.
Sangma told Singh that the government is making an endeavour to establish value chain by creating a pool of commercial breeders, scientific rearing and pig feeds to be produced scientifically among others.
Highlighting the scope of piggery in Meghalaya and Northeast, while suggesting that huge market potential exist within the region. Sangma also informed that Meghalaya is exploring the market potential with neighbouring countries and have initiated discussion for processed value added pig products to Thailand.
Singh said that Meghalaya should take steps to intensify pig rearing in a scientific manner by introducing quality germ plasma that would ensure economic growth resulting into livelihood.
The union minister said that embryo transplant should be introduced in Meghalaya and research should be conducted with indigenous variety of pigs.
He suggested establishment of a breeding farm in Meghalaya. Singh also suggested introduction of livestock integration such as pig-fish integration and pig-poultry-fish integration. He also suggested the CM to introduce exotic pigs and crossbreeds which has high production performance.
Singh said that insufficient availability of quality stock is posing a great hindrance in boosting pig production.
During the course of the discussion, Sangma and Tynsong also apprised the union minister on intervention that are being taken to produce quality feed for pig, cattle and poultry. The union minister came up with suggestion that Moringa Pig Feed be introduced in Meghalaya and have asked the state government to come up with plans which the central government has agreed to fully fund.
Expressing his confidence in the leadership of Conrad Sangma, the union minister said that ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying will extend full cooperation to Meghalaya to take lead in the Northeast in the animal husbandry sector.