Kohima, 6 March (MTNews): Advisor for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Kazheto Kinimi, said that the present Government is committed to strengthening the Veterinary Health Services in the State and providing elite progenies to increase livestock products and to commercialize livestock and poultry farming in the next 10 years. He was speaking during the General Association of Nagaland Veterinarian Association under the theme ‘Livestock Scenario in Nagaland: Recent Trends and Challenges’ in Kohima today.

Government initiatives and challenges discussed at Nagaland Veterinarian Association event
Kinimi said the government has also agreed to construct three new Veterinary Hospitals in newly created districts along with the addition of machinery in certain hospitals. He called to address emerging diseases like African Swine Fever and Lumpy Skin Disease that are affecting livestock and poultry in the state and encouraged members to rise above present issues through technical knowledge.

The advisor also lauded the Department for registering 3 indigenous animals of the State as a breed, including Tenyi-vo, Sumi-ne Goat, and Nagal Pig.

Speaking on the theme, Joint Director for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Dr BM Sunep said livestock rearing is a part and parcel of every Naga life since time immemorial and has been a very important part of the economy. Sunep observed that every household, both in rural and urban areas, rears livestock for domestic consumption. Therefore, with the increased consumption of meat and meat products, agro-climatic conditions, and market demands, he said livestock farming has become a very attractive and profitable entrepreneurial activity.

Dr KN Zubemo Humtsoe and Dr Vikato Sema were elected as President and General Secretary along with other executives for the tenure 2024-2026.

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