CM launches piggery and fisheries scheme

Gangtok, 28 Oct (IPR):

India's first ever Pig Production Incentive Scheme (PPIS) under Mukhya Mantri Pashudhan Samriddhi Yojana and Mukhya Mantri Matsya Utpadan Yojana (MMMUY) were launched today by Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang in a function held at the convention hall of Saramsa Garden in Ranipool.

The Pig Production Incentive Scheme (PPIS) and Mukhya Mantri Matsya Utpadan Yojana (MMMUY) have been undertaken by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Government of Sikkim under the visionary leadership of the Chief Minister to uplift the economy of the pig and fish farmers and the State as a whole.

The launch programme had the presence of Speaker, SLA, L.B. Das, Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Heads of Departments and officers of the concerned departments.

Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang in his address congratulated the Department of AH&VS, Directorate of Fisheries and all concerned on successfully launching the PPIS and MMMUY schemes. He highlighted on the various incentives and schemes that are made available for the development of the farmers of the State.

The Chief Minister spoke about schemes and incentives in various other sectors such as dairy farming, tourism etc, and encouraged all to explore these sectors as a potential means of livelihood. He urged all the concerned departments to work in coordination in order to achieve the goal of Aatmanirbhar Sikkim and contribute towards the holistic development of the State.

The Chief Minister also lauded the efforts of the Department of Information & Public Relations and the Department of Tourism along with the film fraternity and the aspiring youths in the film sector on achieving the award for the Most Film Friendly State and further dedicated the award to the people of Sikkim.

Addressing the gathering, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department Lok Nath Sharma marked the newly launched Pig Production Incentive Scheme (PPIS) and Mukhya Mantri Matsya Utpadan Yojana (MMMUY) as one of the historic initiatives and India's first ever scheme to uplift piggery and fish farmers.

He stated that the ruling government has bought revolutionary transformation in promotion of livestock farming and anticipated tremendous progress with the launching of PPIS & MMMUY.

The State government under the leadership of the Chief Minister has given subsidy of 60% of total cost of inputs, which is an incredible example in the country, he added.

The Minister also said that the State government has made consistent effort to generate numerous sources of income with a sole motive to double the income of farmers. Further, he appealed to the farmers to adopt farming, professionally and enhance production for self-sufficiency against increasing demands of pig and fish.

During the programme, the Chief Minister handed over token cheques to 16 selected beneficiaries of PPIS and also felicitated eight progressive pig and fish farmers each from all four districts of the State.

The programme was also addressed by Director, Directorate of Fisheries, N. Jaswant who explained the new scheme launched on the occasion and highlighted some of the ongoing initiatives of the Directorate.

A short documentary film on the ‘Mukhya Mantri Matsya Utpadan Yojana’ prepared by the Directorate of Fisheries in collaboration with the IPR Department, was screened on the occasion.

During the course of the event, L.N. Sharma, who is also the Minister for Information and Public Relations Department, along with Secretary, IPR Department, Siporah G. Targain, handed over the National Award for Best Film Friendly State to the Chief Minister which was accorded to the State during the 67th National Film Awards ceremony held in New Delhi on 25 October, 2021.

At the onset of the programme, the CM flagged off nine (09) mobile veterinary ambulance vans from the Saramsa Garden gate.

Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by Secretary, AH&VS, Dr. Sangay D. Bhutia. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Director, Animal Husbandry, Dr. B.M. Sharma.