The state government is proposing to start a poultry mission for increasing the production in the state.
This came after the state has witnessed 40 percent shortage in the supply of poultry products following the ban imposed on import of poultry from the western border of Assam in order to prevent the spread of Avian Influenza (bird flu) to the state.
Speaking to media persons on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister in-charge AH & Veterinary department, Prestone Tynsong said that the state’s own poultry production is not at all sufficient.
“Right now (after the ban was imposed) we have not less than 40 percent shortage of these items in the state,” he said.
According to him, the state is having only 51 lakhs birds as per 2019 census in both government as well as private farms.
In view of this, Tynsong said that the state government has decided to come up with a poultry mission.
“Next to the piggery mission, we want to also have a poultry mission in the state to increase the production locally to meet the demand and also to export outside the state,” he said.
Asked, the deputy chief minister said there has been no case of bird flu detected in the state so far.
He said a notification was also issued yesterday to ban import of poultry from Assam with immediate effect to prevent spread of the disease in the state.