Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has launched a scheme for farmers to provide them an alternative source of income. The scheme is called the “Rural Backyard Piggery Scheme” under National Livestock Mission at Byrnihat in the Ri-Bhoi district. The government is implementing different welfare schemes to provide income generation opportunities and economic prosperity to the farmers. Through the piggery scheme state can fulfill the shortage of pork demand and can avoid buying pork from different states.
Under the Rural Backyard Piggery Scheme phase 1, the government has allotted a budget of Rs.15.18 crore. Four high-yielding improved varieties of piglets will be given to 6000 families in the state. Budget of Rs.25 crore has been allocated for phase 2.
Under this mission, anybody can set up fattening and pig breeding with zero-interest loans as of now. 250 piggery cooperative societies have availed loans amounting to Rs 43.67 crore.
Rural Backyard Piggery Scheme Highlights:
|Name of Scheme:||Rural Backyard Piggery Scheme|
|Launch on:||August 31, 2022|
|Launched by:||Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma|
|Beneficiary:||Farmers of the state|
|Objective:||Self-sufficient in pork production|
To make the best out of the potential of the piggery sector, the government launched
the Rural Backyard Piggery Scheme. It is funded by the Central Government under the National Livestock Mission and also State Government.
Under this scheme 4 piglets, 3 female and 1 male piglet will be distributed to farmers. The objective is to promote pig breeding. It will also provide regular income to farmers. This livestock package given to each of the beneficiary families is worth Rs 25,000.
This scheme will benefit 6000 poor and marginal farmers and also increase pork production in the state.