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COVID-19 lockdown: Nagaland facing acute shortage of meat

Kohima/Dimapur, April 24: Nagaland is facing acute shortage of meat for the last week or so due to the ongoing countrywide lockdown.
This perhaps is one reason why people are resorting to killing wild animals despite ban on hunting being in place in the State.
In Nagaland, the hunting season normally gets over by February with the onset of breeding season for animals and birds.
Acute shortage of meat, due to the ongoing countrywide lockdown, has hit hard the State in the last couple of days. But people are venturing out to the jungles for bush meat due to shortage of meat supply in the State.
In State capital Kohima, people are running around for meat, especially pork. There has been no supply of fish for several days now, but rarely broiler chickens are available, which is sold at Rs 250 a kilo. The price of local pork has skyrocketed to Rs 400 a kilo in some localities, and beef, if in the market, costs Rs 300 per kg. However, the prices of vegetables remain quite stable.
In Dimapur, pork and beef are not found in the market, while locally reared fish were seen being sold at Rs 350 per kilo. Live broiler chicken is sold at Rs 150 per kg while dressed broiler cost over Rs 200 per kilo.
There is now massive gap between demand and supply of meat, as local meats have failed to meet the demand of the people. But the good news is that a meat consuming State is slowly learning to live without meat.
Of 10.29 million pigs in the country, 3.9 million is from the Northeast and 0.5 million from Nagaland. Each person in the State consumes around 51 kg of pork every year and Nagaland spends Rs 754 crore annually to import pork.
The State Government’s ambitious objective was to narrow down the import of pigs to zero by 2025. While by 2030 the State would be tagged as pork production hub of the country. (Page News Service)

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