- The huge import bill on meat which had been stated in the past was echoed by Secretary
- Kikheto also urged the educated unemployed youths to take up piggery
Kohima: In the recent act, the state spent around Rs 650 crore for import of live meat from outside the state during 2017 but which were mostly of sub-standard quality which indicated that there is a huge market for meat and allied products in the state, the report said.
As per the sources, the huge import bill on meat which had been stated in the past was echoed by Secretary, Finance and Land Resources departments, Y. Kikheto Sema on Friday.
Propounding livestock and poultry business, Kikheto also urged the educated unemployed youths to take up piggery, poultry, dairy and goat farming in hygienic ways to ensure quality meat was provided to the people and enable circulation of money within the local community.
He also encouraged students to explore taking up cultivation of cash crops like rubber, tea and coffee for economic progress as Nagaland had huge potential to boost its economy and generate employment for young people through these.
Highlighting the potential of rubber plantation in Nagaland, Kikheto said out of 70 lakh standing trees, 16 lakh trees had already been harvested, yielding nearly Rs. 103 crores in rural areas in 2016-17, it added.