Kohima, September 17: The move to import live pigs worth Rs 200 crore annually to Nagaland from Punjab by the Department of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA) has not been well-taken by the Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services and the Pig Farmers Association of Nagaland.
A delegation of DUDA Nagaland led by its Advisor N Bongkhao Konyak and Principal Secretary L Kire had recently visited Punjab and held meeting with Punjab government for likely import of around 8000 pigs per month to Nagaland. The news report emanating from Chandigarh was published recently in the local dailies.
Being one of the highest meat consuming states, Nagaland is currently facing shortfall of 40% of meat products out of total requirement of about Rs 400 crore annually, said Director of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, Dr. Aomangyang Walling while interacting with a section of media here today.
He said earlier the shortfall was higher by almost 60% but after the enactment of the Nagaland Pig Breeding Policy 2016, the production in the State has increased and we are short by about 40% of the requirement.
He said that under the new policy the Department has been working hard to make Nagaland a self-sufficient state in meat products by initiating various measures including training the local pig farmers, setting up of breeding centre in Medziphema and Satellite Centre for Artificial Insemination in all the districts.
Self-sufficiency in meat products would enhance the economy of the State and also help in checking the quality of meat, rather than importing it from beyond the state, he said.
However, he expressed surprise on the report that Department of Underdeveloped Areas is initiating to import around 8000 pigs per month from Punjab.
He lamented that DUDA is initiating the move without even consulting the AH&VS Department, which only has the authority to initiate import of meat products into the State.
Such move is against the Pig Breeding Policy of the State, he said, while also expressing regret that DUDA had failed to obtain ‘No Objection Certificate’ which has to be issued in consultation with the technical expertise of the AH&VS Department.
Nonetheless, highly placed sources on conditions of anonymity revealed that Department of Underdeveloped Areas has taken the No Objection from the Advisor of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, R Khing without consulting the department concern.
Efforts to reach the Advisor Khing to confirm the issue was unsuccessful while his personal secretary failed to respond.
On this, Dr Walling said that other than the Administrative Head of Department and the Head of Department in consultation with technical expertise of the AH&VS no one can issue the No Objection Certificate.
On the other hand, President of Pig Farmers Association of Nagaland, Rev Supong said such move would totally discourage the local pig farmers as the Association since its inception in 2013 has been working hard to improve pig rearing and meet the demand of the State.
“It would have negative impact on the economy of the pig farmers and also the state in general as Nagaland would dole out around Rs 200 crore annually,” he said.
As Nagas consumes huge quantity of meat, many educated youths are engaged in pig farming and such moves to import pig instead of encouraging local farmers would only hamper our prospects, he said, while urging the government to serious ponder on the matter before signing any Memorandum with Punjab. (Page News Service)
CPO questions Govt’s motive in importing pigs from Punjab
Dimapur, September 17: While appreciating the initiative of the state Government to import live pigs from Punjab, the Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) asked the state Government as to what prompted it to decide for the import pigs from Punjab.
It also questioned as to what is holding the state Government to produce the same locally or whether the state is economically or climatically not viable for pig farming or is there any shortage of local entrepreneurs in other parts of the state.
Is pig farming out of purview of state Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Department, it asked.
In a press release, CPO president, Kekhwengulo Lea and general secretary, Mutsivoyi Kotso stated the experience of CPO is that import of pigs have been banned from outside Chakhesang jurisdiction for commercial purpose except for rearing that too below 30 kg with certification from the Department since the year 2000.
The CPO said this has encouraged the farmers to rear, thus benefitting and uplifting their economy, most importantly the hard cash drains and also preventing the epidemic.
The only problem is shortage of piglet of higher yielding variety, it stated.
The CPO opined that the state Government should constitute a high level committee in line with the present team and study the impact of livestock imports on the state’s economy and examine constitution of an amalgamated society for improvement of livestock rearing and marketing in a time-bound mission mode programme.
The CPO expressed that the Government of the day is capable and the end result benefit would definitely improve the living standard of the populace. (Page News Service)