Gyalshing, July 17:
Distribution of Milching Cows in Chongrang Block to Supplement Farmer Income under NEC Fund for the year 2020-21 was held at Chongrang BAC Premises under Yuksom Tashiding Constituency, West Sikkim, today. The programme was graced by the Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Lok Nath Sharma as the Chief Guest in special presence of the Deputy Speaker-cum-Area MLA Sangey Lepcha. The programme was organised by the Office of the District Collector West in coordination with the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department, Government of Sikkim. The distribution programme was followed by daylong inspection of various Milk Collection Centres and Departmental infrastructures under Yuksom Tashiding Constituency, West Sikkim.
The Minister handed over twenty cows of Jersey and Sahiwal Jersey Cross breed to the identified beneficiaries and began the distribution of One Hundred and Fifty Cows under Chongrang Block.
The Minister articulated the vision of the ruling government to witness a paradigm shift in economic growth of rural population. Sharma highlighted the objectives behind the distribution of Milching Cows to uplift every dairy farming household towards self-reliant economy. He also extended congratulations to all the beneficiaries on behalf of the Chief Minister and shared his unrelenting efforts and concern in seeking numerous ways and means to uplift deprived rural population.
Addressing the farmers, Sharma elaborated the farmers’ friendly policies and programmes initiated by the ruling government and stated that all concerned should be well aware of newly framed policies to sensitize, motivate and guide the farming community.
Correlating the distribution of Milching Cows and financial incentives of Rs. Eight, he said that the Dairy farming has become a primary source of livelihood in rural areas and the production of Milk has been increasing consistently and touching daily production of around Sixty Thousand Litres per day in organised sector because of growing interest and determination amongst the dairy farmers.
He informed that the Nine Milk Collection Centres of Chongrang are being presented Rupees Five Lakhs each for the establishment of Milk Producers Cooperative Society (MPCS) which he handed over to all concerned during the daylong visit. He urged all committee members for proper utilisation of the provided fund with utmost sincerity to ensure quality works in construction of the MPCS.