The ICAR organized one day workshop on “Livestock Value Chain Management”

Shillong, March 21: Livestock Production Division of the ICAR organized one day workshop on “Livestock Value Chain Management” on 20th March 2018 to enhance income of the farmer and to promote entrepreneurship development in the Livestock sector. A total of 77 small scale livestock entrepreneur including pig, poultry and dairy, besides Meghalaya state agencies like Department of Animals Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Meghalaya Basin Development, Meghalaya Institute of Entrepreneurship, Meghalaya Rural Livelihood Mission, and NGOs has participated in the programme.

To develop value chain linkage, 17 service providers including SBI, ICAR branch and input suppliers like supplier of feed,  medicines, poultry chicks, vaccines, poultry-hatchers, farm tools implements and  from Meghalaya and Assam.  In the inaugural programme, Dr. N. Prakash, Director ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, emphasized the importance of entrepreneurship development in this region specifically in the livestock sector. At the outset the Chief Guest of the programme Shri B. K. Sohliya OSD (MIE) briefed the importance of value chain management and different developmental schemes in Meghalaya to promote livestock and poultry enterprise.

Director, Department of A.H & Vety., Meghalaya, DGM of NABARD has also participated in the inaugural programme and emphasized the need of value chain management in the livestock sector. On this occasion, the MoU has been signed and provided non-exclusive licensing to Mr. Tailang E. Kharmalki, Shillong, proprietor of Meat-tender to market the meat and meat products of the Institute. Earlier, Welcome Address provided by Dr. N. Niranjan, Principal Scientist, followed by,    Dr. G. Kadirvel, Principal Scientist and organizer of the programme, briefed about the objective and aim of the programme. During the programme, presentations and deliberations by different input suppliers, service providers, state line department and agencies and NGOs on value chain management to identify the constraints and strategies to promote livestock sectors in this region.

After comprehensive and systematic deliberations, Dr. G. Kadirvel, Principal Scientist and organizer of the programme, briefed about few outcome like promotion of pig breeders to meet quality piglet demand, portable-mini poultry hatcheries to meet the chicks demand, setting up of small feed mixing unit, regular accessibility and availability of vaccines, medicines, farm tools, hygienic mini-slaughter house at block level, hygienic packaging and labeling of different meat and meat products.

Further the need of promotion of the maize cultivation is also discussed since maize is the major ingredient in the animal feed which intern reduces the feed cost. Finally, the linkage was established among entrepreneurs, input suppliers, service providers, state line departments/agencies and NGOs to reduce input cost and enhance productivity and increase the profitability of the livestock enterprise in this region. The small scale rural livestock entrepreneurs and farmers are very happy and benefited long-term through the linkage. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Sunil Doley, Principal Scientist.







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