SHILLONG, July 12 (Newmai): Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma has stated that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) which he leads is making extra efforts to ensure that its policies are in line with the demands and requirements of the present day.
Conrad said this while speaking during a function where he inaugurated the Vocational Training Centre of the animal husbandry and veterinary department at Manai, Mairang, West Khasi Hills district on Thursday.
Terming the opening of the Vocational Training Centre as a step in the right direction Conrad urged the farmers and the people of the area to take advantage of the services that the institute has to offer.
“A lot of people might be thinking about their future step after completing this training, on how they will move forward, let me tell you that the AH & Veterinary Department under the Deputy Chief Minister has been working really hard and planning on how it can create the opportunities once the training is done. I am here to tell you that we are taking keen interest not just to inaugurate this building but to ensure that at the end of the day our people get livelihood and ample economic opportunities”, the Chief Minister added.
He also assured to look into the matter of shortage of manpower in the department that has resulted in some of the similar institutes in other parts of the State not being able to function at the optimum level.
Stating that more than seventy percent of the State’s economy is dependent on agriculture and the allied sectors, Conrad stressed on the need to develop this sector in order to create jobs and livelihood for the people.
Pointing out that Meghalaya imports fifty percent of its meat from outside the state, he urged the farmers to take advantage of the gap in the demand and supply by increasing the local production of meat.
“The consumption of meat in the State is about 50000 metric tonnes and close to 50% of this requirement is imported from outside. There is a great opportunity for our farmers especially in the rural areas to take advantage of this shortfall by increasing local production of meat”, the Chief Minister said.
Informing the gathering about the global demand for ‘organic meat’ the Chief Minister highlighted the immense potential that Meghalaya and its farmers have in this sector.
“Meghalaya can play a pioneering role in the production of good quality meat and export this product to other parts of the country and even neighbouring countries. This is a sector that can transform the rural economy”, the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister also informed the gathering that the government will launch the State’s ‘Organic Milk Mission’ shortly, in order to boost organic milk production in the state.
Stating the need to make government services accessible to the people the Chief Minister also said that creating the right programs and policies to generate opportunities and avenues for employment in the rural areas will also decrease the rural to urban migration.