Shillong: With the aim of providing employment opportunities for educated youth in Meghalaya, the Department of Labor and Department of Livestock are planning to enroll educated youth in entrepreneurship in livestock.
The Indian government has established the National Livestock Mission (NLM) for the development of entrepreneurship and the development of business skills among young people, especially among local farmers.
As part of this mission, a maximum of Rs 25 lakh, which will serve as a subsidy, will be granted under the NLM if an individual is ready to engage in poultry and livestock as an entrepreneur.
According to Principal Secretary, Animal and Husbandry, GHP Raju said that since there is a huge demand for meat in the state, they have from time to time screened this requirement with the Indian government.
“We have seen that our educated young people are looking for jobs or self-employment and have nowhere to go, so there is a need to create jobs,” Raju said.
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According to departmental data, the Meghalaya consumes around 90,000 tonnes of meat each year. The state has about six lakh households. Consumption of beef is around 28,000 MT, fish is around 33,000 MT, pork is around 18,000 MT, and poultry is around 10,000 MT plus eggs, and other animals like ducks and sheep can around 1000 MT. The GOI has identified four major aspects in the Meghalaya pigsty, poultry, goats and the manufacture of feed and fodder.
The mission will help a contractor build a chicken coop to house around 2,000 to 3,000 birds, Raju added.
The main requirement is that the interested party must have land for the construction of the hangars.
“I want to inform our educated youth that goats and sheep have enormous market value across our international border, especially Bangladesh as it is next door. There is no ban on the export of live sheep, goats or sheep to Bangladesh, and it is a huge gold mine if our educated youth embrace the goat farm as a business model. So I invite our educated youth to look and consider this, ”Raju urged.
GHP Raju added that animal husbandry will transform the rural economy and that is the hope of the state economy.