‘Rural economy uplift must to realise 5 trillion dollar target’

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 11th Sep: MP Dr RK Ranjan has stated that encouraging healthy rearing of animals to help progress agricultural activities and improvement of rural economy would help in attaining the goal to turn the Indian economy into a 5 trillion dollar economy.
Staffers of KVK Imphal on Wednesday launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme for FMD & Brucellosis, National Artificial Insemination Programme at the conference hall of ICAR Lamphel here on Wednesday.
Speaking as chief guest of the function, Dr Ranjan observed that mechanised farming is unable to take off in the state due to weak cooperative farming and as such, the traditional farming with usage of animals is still being practised.
He continued that animals play a huge role in improving rural economy as they are not only used for farming but their excrements are used as manure/fertilisers as well. In addition, dairy farming has tremendous scope. As such, the government launched NADCP with the goal of keeping the animals healthy, thereby helping to improve the life of farmers. He then urged for regularly vaccinating the animals so as to protect them from various diseases.
Recalling that the PM had launched various schemes including pension for farmers, Dr Ranjan said that efforts should be made to implement the said schemes in the state, so as to realise the government’s objective to double the income of farmers by 2022.
“Financial instability is the biggest hurdle of farmers and the people of the country. As such, all of us must make concerted efforts in every aspect to gain independence from this hurdle”, he asserted. Presided over by ICAR Research complex for NEH Region, Manipur head Dr N Prakash, the launch function was also attended by Veterinary Department director Dr H Chaoba as guest of honour. Veterinary Department joint directors’ Dr N G Ibotombi Singh (administration) and Dr M Ibomcha spoke on the topics, ‘National Animal Disease Control Programme for FMD & Brucellosis’ and ‘Artificial Insemination Programme’ respectively as resource persons.


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