Shillong Aug.12: A One Day Awareness programme on Livestock and Poultry Farming and Meghalaya State Livestock Mission organized by the Office of the District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Officer, East Khasi Hills District in collaboration with the Office of the Block Development Officer, Sohiong C&RD Block was held today at Sohiong C&RD Block.
Shri H.D.R. Lyngdoh, Minister, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary and local MLA graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The programme was also attended by Shri P.S. Dkhar, Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, Dr. B.Rijal, Director, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Shri D. Hynniewta, Project Director, DRDA, East Khasi Hills, Shri. M. A. Challam, i/c BDO, Sohiong, C&RD Block, Shri B. Sohliya, OSD, MIE, Dr. (Mrs) A.Pakyntein, District A.H. & Veterinary Officer, East Khasi Hills and farmers from villages under Sohiong C&RD Block.
While addressing the gathering Shri Lyngdoh said the farmers of the areas are fortunate to have such an awareness programme on livestock and poultry farming which is very important to increase their livestock and poultry rearing especially in this area where the environment is suitable for rearing of poultry. He also urged the farmers to go for large scale farming so as to earn higher profit margins.
Shri Lyngdoh said that State Livestock Mission launched by the Chief Minister recently, aimed at creating livelihood opportunities for the rural farmer and also provides employment opportunities through livestock and poultry rearing in their own backyards. He also emphasized on the ready availability of market for livestock products as the State depends largely on other States for supply of raw meat and poultry products
The inaugural session was followed by the technical session presented by Dr. R. K. Marbaniang and Dr.(Ms) I.Warjri, A.H.&V. Officers on the topics ‘Impact of Livestock and Poultry Farming on Rural Livelihoods’ and ‘Common diseases affecting Livestock and Poultry and their Zoonotic importance’.