29th July 2013, Barapani
Amid the current debates around youths’ deviation from agriculture, unemployment, food security & nutrition and climate change, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Meghalaya provided training unemployed, educated tribal youths of various villages of the Ri-Bhoi district under Tribal sub plan on “Integrated Scientific Livestock and Poultry production for Small Scale Rural Entrepreneurship Development in hill Ecosystem” in Meghalaya state.
Unemployed youths (23) studied up to higher secondary and graduation only, attended the week long residential training programme from 22-27 July at Livestock Production Division of ICAR-Barapani. The training covered pig, poultry, goat and fishery farming as well as livestock based integrated farming system for effective utilization of on-farm resources. Apart from Knowledge-up gradation and skill development, the course also featured procedure and guidelines to obtain a credit loan for livestock and poultry from different national banks. During the valedictory function, the Chairman of the session and Director ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region-Meghalaya, Dr. S.V. Ngachan urged the educated tribal youths towards meat and milk processing units for producing value added pork and milk products. These initiatives would provide employment to them and entrepreneurship development in the region. While the Chief Guest at the function, Shri. M.T. Wankhede, GM, NABARD, explained credit and loan facility being provided on livestock and poultry schemes for raising their livelihood option in the region.
Earlier Dr. Suresh Kumar D.S, Head of Livestock Production Division welcomed the dignitaries and Dr. G. Kadirvel, Senior Scientist, and the course coordinator, briefed the objectives and details of the training programme.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, with inputs from consortium partner ICAR RC-NEH, Barapani)