NE can become export hub of poultry, eggs: Centre

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National Livestock and Poultry Show inaugurated

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Nov 8: Union minister of animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries Giriraj Singh has said that there is a lot of scope for developing NE region as an export hub of poultry, livestock meats, eggs etc through adoption of latest technology.

Speaking at the National Livestock and Poultry Show 2019, organised by state animal husbandry and veterinary department at the College of Veterinary Science playground at Khanapara on Friday, he informed that his ministry would provide adequate funds to the state government to train up four thousand youths of the state on artificial insemination of animals.

“Those trained youth would later help the farmers and rearers in interior places to raise livestock and increase income,” he said.

The Union minister also stressed on the need to set up a Livestock Technology Park and assured of all help from the Central government in this regard.

Inaugurating  the show, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that livestock and poultry sectors had lots of potential to generate employment and boost the rural economy.

He also informed that Assam was the first state in the country to have adopted Policy for Private Investment Promotion in Livestock Sector which would be implemented from January next year to encourage youth of the state to engage in the sector with vigour.

Urging the farmers of the state to work dedicatedly to fulfil the requirement of 5 crore population of Northeast, Sonowal said that through implementation of Act East Policy avenues had been opened for capturing the 80 crore population market of SE Asian and BBN countries and poultry and livestock sectors could play a major role in that. Instead of importing egg, meat, milk and milk products etc from outside the state letting out huge sums of money, efforts must be made by all stakeholders to make Assam an exporting state of those products by increasing production, he asserted.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi led central government’s schemes such as Skill India, Stand Up India, Digital India etc, Sonowal said that the state government had also launched the schemes like Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnyan Yojna, Mukhyamantrir Krishi Sa-Sajuli Yojna etc for achieving Prime Minister Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Agriculture minister Atul Bora also spoke on the occasion and said the National Livestock and Poultry Show would be able to show the right path to the young generation of the state to find self-employment in poultry and livestock sector.

Arunachal Pradesh minister for animal husbandry and veterinary Tage Taki also spoke at the programme which was attended by media adviser to the chief minister Hrishikesh Goswami, MLAs Bhaben Bharali, Satyabrat Kalita among others.

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