GUWAHATI, Nov 8 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today inaugurated the National Livestock and Poultry Show 2019 organised by the State Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, in the presence of Union Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Giriraj Singh on the College of Veterinary Science playground at Khanapara.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the livestock and poultry sectors have immense potential to generate employment and boost the rural economy. He also said that Assam is the first state in the country to have adopted the Policy for Private Investment Promotion in Livestock Sector which would be implemented from January next year to encourage youths of the State to engage in these two sectors with vigour.
Urging the farmers of the State to work with dedication to fulfil the requirements of the 5 crore population of NE region, Sonowal said that through implementation of the Act East Policy avenues had been opened for capturing the 80 crore population market of SE Asian and BBN countries and poultry and livestock sectors could play a major role in that. Instead of importing egg, meat, milk and milk products, etc., from outside the State letting out huge sums of money, efforts must be made by all stakeholders to make Assam an exporting state of those products by increasing production, he asserted.
Union Minister Giriraj Singh said there is a lot of scope for developing the NE region as an export hub of poultry, livestock meats, eggs, etc., through adoption of latest technology. He also informed that his ministry would provide adequate funds to the State government for training up 4,000 youths of the State on artificial insemination of animals. The trained youths would later help the farmers and rearers in interior places to raise livestock and increase income, he said.
Singh also laid stress on setting up a livestock technology park and assured of all help from the Central government in this regard.
State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora also spoke on the occasion and said the National Livestock and Poultry Show would be able to show the right path to the young generation of the State to find self-employment in poultry and livestock sectors.