From A Correspondent
TURA, Nov 5: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Saturday distributed nutritiol packages during the launch of the State government’s Nutritiol Security Programme and celebration of achievement of hundred lakh loan by self-help groups (SHGs) of the Bakdil Krimkro SHG Federation at Dalu in West Garo Hills.
The nutritiol packages comprise five 3-month-old kuroilers and eight kg of feed to lactating and single mothers at Bakdil Krimkro Federation Centre at Upper Bamonpara in Dalu, stated a press release.
An initiative of the government and brainchild of the Chief Minister, the Nutritiol Security Programme aims to alleviate nutritiol deficiency among lactating mothers, children and the aged through the introduction of backyard kuroilers farming under the Livestock Mission.
During the programme, Sangma unveiled a plaque commemorating the launch of the programme before gifting two trays of eggs to the Nokma, who doted land for construction of the Bakdil Krimkro SHG Federation Centre. He also felicitated officials of the Meghalaya Rural Bank (MRB), including Dalu Branch Mager, and three successful poultry entrepreneurs of the area.
Addressing the gathering, the Chief Minister congratulated Bakdil for spearheading the movement to achieve self-dependency through entrepreneurship and SHG formation. He said the success of the federation was commendable and in itself motivatiol.
Speaking on the high incidence of nutritiol deficiency among mothers, children and the aged in the State, Sangma said the government is taking initiative to alleviate the dilemma through sustaible initiatives. Besides the tiol Security Program through backyard kuroilers farming, the government has initiated a scheme wherein initially 40,000 families of the State will benefit from piggery under the Livestock Mission, he added.
Sangma urged Bakdil director Fr Sunny Joseph Mavelil to encourage Stevia cultivation among the federation members, which can be used as a sweetener instead of high calorie sugar. “Because of its high demand, its cultivation would reap in soaring economic benefits,” Sangma said.