Meghalaya : Rural Backyard Piggery Scheme

Recently, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma launched an ambitious flagship program – “Rural Backyard Piggery Scheme” for farmers under National Livestock Mission at Birnihat in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.

Key Points

  • The objective of this scheme is to ensure that farmers earn a sustainable livelihood through various animal husbandry activities.
  • Meghalaya receives 18,000 metric tonnes of pork from various states and there is acute shortage in supply and demand, the state is planning to bridge the supply shortfall through pig farming scheme.
  • Under the Phase 1 of this scheme the government has earmarked Rs 15.18 crore, under which four high yielding improved varieties of pigs will be distributed to 6000 families and an additional Rs 25 crore will be earmarked for starting the second phase of the programme.

Meghalaya Piggery Mission

  • The scheme launched on 10th August in Samanda block of East Garo Hills district has received good response and appreciation from the farmers.
  • Under this scheme 4 pigs, 3 female and 1 male piglets will be distributed to the farmers to promote pig breeding to provide regular income to the farmers. This livestock package is Rs 25,000 per beneficiary.
  • The scheme is envisaged to benefit 6000 poor and marginal farmers and increase the production of pork in the state.

National Livestock Mission

National Livestock Mission is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched in 2014-15. The objective of this mission is to ensure quantitative and qualitative improvement in livestock production systems and capacity building of all stakeholders of livestock economy.

There are four sub-missions of National Livestock Mission as follows:

  1. The Sub-Mission on Fodder and Feed Development
  2. Under Sub-Mission on Livestock Development
  3. Sub-Mission on Pig Development in North-Eastern Region
  4. Sub-Mission on Skill Development, Technology Transfer and Extension

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