On September 11, 2020, Meghalaya launched the Piggery Mission with assistance from NCDC to boost the state economy by enabling it to not only substitute pork imports into Meghalaya but also export hygienic pork products. At the onset, 208 Cooperative Societies have been identified for implementation of the Piggery Mission.
The project envisages setting up of 300 satellite pig breeding farms, small slaughterhouses, product transport small vehicles and pork vending kiosks. It also includes a pig feed storage unit, quality certification facility and pilot facility for processed products, brand promotion and market support for exports. The State govt has set up Meghalaya Livestock Enterprises Advancement Society (M-LEADS).
The Governing Body of M-LEADS has representation from core departments like Animal Husbandry & Veterinary, Finance & Cooperation and other important stakeholders such as Community & Rural Development Department, Meghalaya Basin Development Authority, Meghalaya State Rural Livelihoods Society and the Meghalaya State Cooperative Apex Bank.
The Mission (MPM) aims at a quantum jump in pork production so as to cater to the demand of not only the NE Region but also exports to South East Asia in line with ACT EAST policy. The Mission would provide a regular source of income to 35000 pig farmers and regular source of livelihood to 5000 unemployed youth of the State all of whom belong to tribal communities.
The nodal agency responsible for the implementation of the scheme will be the Office of the Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Societies in the district level and will be executed in convergence with the District Aanimal Husbandry & Veterinary, Basin Development Units and C&RD departments.
Nodal Department/Implementing Agency in the district: Office of the Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Government of Meghalaya.