Piggery, bamboo industries could boost rural economy, says Meena

Meena interacting with Sanjeev as CE Angu watches

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Health commissioner G S Meena has advocated that piggery found in every Arunachaee house could be the best raw material for cottage industry across Arunachal Pradesh, if one sets up a plant to process its meat for marketing.

The plant owner could supply piglets to local families to nourish.  If 10 piglets are given to a family, it could return the same number grown up ones after a year. This is a win-win situation as the families capable of nourishing pigs would benefit thrice so also the owner.

When IIT/IIM qualified Sanjeev Jain, a development consultant, met him to seek his advice late Tuesday evening, Meena cited the example of China and the USA, the largest and 3rd largest pork meat producer in the world.

In China where pork is a major variety of meat consumption for which pig industry plays a significant role in China’s animal husbandry. In 2017, pork production had reached 63.4 million tons accounting for 63.4% of the total meat production. Agricultural Development Bank of China agreed to loan at least 3 trillion yuan ($ 450 billion) by 2020 for the modernisation of China’s agriculture industry. These two policy changes set the scene for the unfolding transformation of Chinese pig production.

The United States is third in global pork production, producing 11.3 million metric tons in 2016. In hog and pig farming in the US, the animals are allowed to roam freely, raised in a homestead or bred within intensive commercial units in an industrial farm system. U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on 01.06.17, was 71.7 million head, up 3% from 01.06.16, and up 1% from 01.03.17. This is the highest June 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs since estimates began in 1964, Meena said quoting his research works.

When Arunchalees are expert in backyard piggery, there is no doubt that piggery could turn into a money spinning cottage industry by generating huge self employment with rewarding profit, if taken up with commitment, he said with conviction when Sanjeev admitted his lack of knowledge about the industry.

He also cited another example of bamboo naturally grown aplenty all over the state, which could be converted to useful products in small scale industry. An industry needs three Ms – men, money and materials and third M will not be a problem when two Ms (men – themselves) and materials (bamboo) are available.

Appreciating Sanjeev’s intention to promote tourism, he said that aviation sector offers huge scope as communication (road, railway, air & IT) development is much below expectation.

However, high end tourists including foreigners would love to visit this state once proper publicity is given and proper communication is developed, he said and assured all possible support to Sanjeev.

Earlier, Sanjeev met WRD chief engineer (WZ) Likar Angu, who apprised him huge potentials of this state, particularly hydropower, whose hardly 1% has been exploited so far with the commissioning of NEECO’s 405-mw Ranganadi HE Project and  110-mw Pare HEP.

This daily’s editor pitched in to add that Arunachal Pradesh with 58,000-mw hydropower potentials is dubbed as the future power house of India to meet its 1/4th power requirement if tapped.

When Angu highlighted about huge scope in agri & allied sector, Sanjeev informed that he was involved in providing forward and backward linkages to farmers in few states.

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