Schilong: In order to provide employment opportunities for educated young people in Meghalaya, the labor department, together with the animal husbandry department, is planning to register educated young people to take up livestock farms.
The Government of India introduced the National Livestock Mission (NLM) for entrepreneurship and business skills development among youth, especially local farmers.
As part of this mission, the NLM will grant a maximum of Rs 25 lakh as a grant if a person is willing to operate poultry and livestock as an entrepreneur.
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According to the chief secretary for animal and animal husbandry, GHP Raju said that from time to time they have projected this requirement to the Government of India due to the huge demand for meat in the state.
“We have seen that our educated youngsters are looking for employment or self-employment and have nowhere else to go, so jobs need to be created,” said Raju.
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According to the ministry, Meghalaya consumes around 90,000 tons of meat every year. The state has approximately six lakh households. The beef consumption is about 28,000 tons, fish about 33,000 tons, pork about 18,000 tons and poultry about 10,000 tons plus eggs, and other animals such as ducks and mutton can be about 1,000 tons. The Indian government has identified four main aspects in Meghalaya – pig farming, poultry, goats and feed and feed production.
The mission will help a contractor build a poultry house that can house around 2,000 to 3,000 birds, added Raju.
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The most important requirement is that the interested person must have land to build the sheds.
“I would like to inform our educated youth that goats and sheep have enormous market value across our international border, especially in Bangladesh, as it is next door. There is no ban on the export of mutton or live goats or sheep to Bangladesh, and it is a huge bonanza if our educated youth take up the billy goat as a business model. So I invite our educated youth to examine and consider this, ”urged Raju.
GHP Raju added that ranching will transform the rural economy and that this is the hope of the state economy.