From A Reporter
SHILLONG, June 4: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) in an attempt to execute the Socio Economic Movement on June 2 distributed statistic sheet among all the butcher shops with an aim to get the details of the number of sales per day and from where the meat is being bought.
The distribution of statistic sheet started from Stand bus Mawlai, Mawroh and concluded at Polo. Members of the Federation were seen distributing the statistic sheets to local tea stalls, butcher shops and hotels.
Marbud Dkhar Chief Organizing Secretary of FKJGP and Chairman of Life stock Farming while speaking to The Sentinel said, “Many of the local farmers and those engaged in livestock farming get discouraged when the buyers are reluctant to purchase products produced in the state and instead buy goods at a cheaper price from outside.”
He said that around 90 percent of the meat sold in various markets in Shillong comes from outside like Assam and Aruchal Pradesh as buyers get the meat at cheaper price.
“However most people don’t know that the meat coming from outside the state might be preserved by using of medicine which in turn may affect the health of those who consume the meat,” he said.
“The purpose of the Socio Economic Movement is to revive the farming and livestock farming in Meghalaya which is at present being domited by non-indigenous people,” Marbud said.
“We demand that the state government should look into creating a pig market so that the both the buyer and sellers will not have to depend much on import of meat from other states,” he said.
The FKJGP leaders said that in future the Federation will not allow meat sellers to buy their good from outside. However, they should first buy the meat produced in the state so that the local farmers will be encouraged especially the youths as there is lack of employment.