Meat is always at a great demand in Nagaland as it is an integral part of a Naga meal. Almost 80% of pork in India is consumed in Nagaland and in order to meet the demand, the Punjab government has decided to sign an agreement under which the state would supply live pigs to Nagaland
As it remains, Nagaland’s pork market is mostly dependent on supply from outside the region as the local production level is insufficient to meet the demands. In order to address this, Punjab will soon start supplying 8,000 live pigs every month to Nagaland. In order to create interest among the people and to generate more demand, 100 live pigs will be initially sent for exhibiting at different places of Nagaland. Once the final deal is sealed, the Punjab government would yield Rs 200 crore revenue annually, said sources.
Once the deal is finalised, the Punjab government would generate an annual revenue of Rs 200 crore
The delegation led by Bongkhao Konyak, advisor, Department for Development of Underdeveloped Areas (DUDA), that was in Chandigarh for an exposure trip informed this reporter that discussions are still going and no tentative date has been fixed for the signing of the MoU. More details will be updated accordingly.
A proposal to impart training in Punjab to the progressive farmers and veterinary doctors of Nagaland was also put forward before the visiting delegation. The delegation also visited pig a farm at Nabha and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University in Ludhiana, Punjab.