KOHIMA, March 4: In a bid to boost the rural economy, a seminar on sustainable piggery development program-cum-distribution of start-up money for 100 households was held at Phusachodu village under Phek District on March 2.
A press release informed that Kudecho Khamo, ex-candidate, NDPP and Dr. Kewelelo Mero District Livestock Development Officer, Phek were the resource persons during the seminar.
The resource person Kudecho Khamo in his speech said pig was one of the most rearing animal in the state and also the nagas ‘favourite food item. He however regretted that the state has to import a large quantities of pigs from outside Nagaland to meet the demand of the market draining out a huge amount of money from the state.
It is very unfortunate that Nagaland still depends on almost everything on other states – be it vegetables or meat products etc, and hardly export anything to generate income and employment in spite of having so much potentials and resources, he added.
In this regard, he encouraged the villagers to start rearing pigs adding that ‘pig is the saving bank for the villagers wherein they can withdraw their saving at any time’.
He asked the villagers to be honest, hard working and take projects of their choice suggesting that each household to take up at least one farm or project and also rear pigs even if they cannot open a piggery farm.
Khamo assured that he will extend its fullest support in this venture to boost the rural economy. And viewed that Phusachodu village will be made a pig surplus village in five years time and export pigs and piglets if the villagers will cooperate and assured to extend all possible help if the villagers take up piggery farm or pig breeding farm on a commercial line.
It was informed that as part of the start-up money, Khamo has donated a sum of Rs.7000 each to the 100 households in the village. Out of which, he personally has donated Rs. 3.50 lakhs while Rs. 2.00 Lakhs was received under Special Development Fund (SDF) 2018 and Rs. 1.50 Lakh was contributed by the Hon’ble Minister Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue Neiba Kronu.
While piggery farm owners Shevohu Khamo, Pfutsero Town and Vekho Keyho, Chozuba Village shared their experiences during the seminar.
(Page News Service)