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Meghalaya is expected to be self-sufficient in pork production by 2025 through the intervention of the Meghalaya Piggery Mission.
Talking to reporters recently, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department Principal secretary, G.H.P. Raju informed that the total pork demand in the State per annum is roughly around 16,000 metric tonnes adding that the in-house production is roughly around 7000 metric tonnes.
“The shortage to the demand for pork in the State will be around 8000 metric tonnes per annum. We are meeting the demand by purchasing pigs from Assam, Punjab, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. These states have big commercial pig farms which allow them to import pigs to other states,” Raju informed.
According to G.H.P. Raju, they have kept a target within 2023 the State production of pork will cross 10,000 metric tonnes annually.
“We are expecting to be self-sufficient in pork production by 2025,” Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department Principal secretary added.
Meanwhile, he informed that the total investment under the piggery mission is going to be around ₹ 209 crore.
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department Principal secretary also informed that in five years, the ₹ 209 crore will get doubled, adding that around ₹ 500 crore will be added to the State GDP through the piggery mission.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)