Gangtok: Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Golay wants to make Sikkim the pork supplier across the Northeast. He expressed this desire while inaugurating a pig production incentive scheme in Saramsa Garden near Gangtok on October 28.
Golay termed the scheme as ‘first of its kind’. Under this scheme, piggery farmers with three or more pigs will earn incentives of Rs Rs 5,000 per pig when they grow to 50 kg and above in weight.
“Sikkim can be a pork supplier across North East India, the consumption there is very high meaning there is demand. Our aim should be such that pig farms are in abundance in Sikkim, along with fisheries. Hence, we have set the limit of 3 or more pigs such that they grow into piggery farms with a maximum limit of 20 pigs for the incentive grant. That will help the farmer earn up to Rs 1 lakh,” said CM Golay.
Sikkim is also welcoming similar incentives for fishing culture in the state, with the chief minister announcing Rs 2 lakh as an award for the best farmer in livestock production. “Fish again can have a huge demand in West Bengal and also the much-needed supply inside the state with Bengali tourists flow in Sikkim. The government will ensure 60 per cent incentive grants on fishing culture in the State. So far, all the fishes we get are coastal. We will not discourage the import of fish to the state but we will impose taxes on fish import soon. Fishing in Sikkim is relatively easy with river diversions or on the field alongside crops,” said the Chief Minister.
Sikkim has announced a similar award for the best dairy farmers, with the first such award ceremony taking place on Gwala Diwas, earlier this year. Milk production in the state increased from 15,000 litres per day to 55,000 litres per day, partly due to the ‘Rs 8 per litre’ incentive of the Golay government. Golay highlighted how the farmers are benefitting from the Direct Bank Transfer of their incentives. “We have spent Rs 13 crore on giving incentives to Dairy farmers in the past one year,” said Golay.
The CM promised announcing similar schemes for other livestock such as poultry and goat farming.
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