SHILLONG: The Meghalaya Milk mission launched last year aims at neutralizing the shortfall of milk production as well as providing the farmers with a source of livelihood through integrated farming. Speaking to newsmen in Shillong on Monday, the Secretary of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Dr Manjuranatha highlighted the potential of dairy farming in the State. “Our production is 80,000 metric tonne annually while the demand is 2 lakh tonne,” informed the Secretary while highlighting the scope for the farmers to utilize this advantage to either compliment or to earn their livelihood through dairy farming.
Stating that the ‘Milk Mission’ aims at achieving the target in five years time through various interventions, Dr Manjuranatha added that dairy farming did not receive its due focus in the past. Dr Manjuranatha also stated that the efforts to have integrated farming have kickstarted with around 100 beneficiaries being shortlisted in the first phase. The Mission aims at reaching out around 2000 farmers throughout the State. The Secretary in course of his address also informed that the government is also planning to launch the cattle ranch scheme – to encourage rearing of indigenous cattle to ensure the production of organic milk in the State. The other aspect that he spoke about is the setting up of the cattle feed mill which the department is presently working out with the Detail Project report (DPR) before sending it to the centre.
Further, Dr Manjuranatha in his emphasis on dairy farming iterate that this mission mode programme aims at encouraging the educated and the farmers on the potentials of providing employment to the people through its interconnected chains.