Mizoram launches pilot project to achieve self-sufficiency in meat and poultry
The Mizoram Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department have launched Rs 18.95 crore pilot project to achieve self-sufficiency in meat and poultry products.
State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary minister Dr K Beichhua, who launched the pilot project under the state flagship programme Socio-Economic Development Policy (SEDP) on Wednesday, said it will benefit a total of 1,020 beneficiaries from eight districts.
The minister said that Rs 548.65 lakh will be released as the first instalment to the beneficiaries for different trades to achieve self-sufficiency in meat and poultry products, which in turn will uplift the state economy in the near future.
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Beichhua said that the government has banned the import of pigs and other meat products from neighbouring states and countries due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and to prevent the spread of swine flu, like Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) and African Swine Fever (ASF) in the state.
"The SEDP pilot project to achieve self-sufficiency in meat and poultry products was conceived as the state failed to meet its requirement," he said.
He expressed hope that the pilot project will benefit the beneficiaries so that they make good livings.
Speaking at the launch, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department director Hmarkunga, said the pilot project would cover different trades like Piglet Multiplication Unit (PMU), Piggery Fattening Unit (PFU), Broiler farming and backyard poultry (Rainbow Rooster) farming. (PTI)