Union Cabinet Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying Parshottam Rupala and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday jointly flagged off 16 Mobile Veterinary Units (MVU) at Secretariat Plaza, Nagaland Civil Secretariat.
Union Minister Parshottam Rupala, while speaking at the function, said that it was an auspicious occasion for Nagaland to flag off the Mobile Veterinary Units in every district which will help farmers, particularly those in far flung areas, to keep their animals healthy and bringing medical facility to their doorstep. He said with the flagging off of the veterinary vans in the state, the Prime Minister’s vision of New India which is to increase the healthcare facility of not only the citizens of India but including the healthcare facility of animals, has become a reality "as it has now reached every borders of India, including Nagaland".
Rupala then urged the Veterinary Department to make full use of the facility so as to keep the animal population growing and also timely treatment given to animals through the mobile facility will result in good production and in return, Nagaland will soon become self-sufficient in producing milk, meat and eggs for consumption.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, while speaking on the occasion, said the veterinary mobile units is much needed in the State to reach the animals particularly in the far flung areas. Rio opined that the MVU will travel to remote areas and provide Veterinary Health Care through a single window delivery system in the form of making diagnosis, treatment, minor surgeries, collection of samples, vaccinations, Artificial Insemination (AI) and medicines etc.
Rio stated that the induction of these vehicle units will immensely benefit the livestock farmers especially in a State like Nagaland where connectivity is a main constraint for providing effective and timely veterinary service. He also encouraged the farmers and entrepreneurs to start rearing and investing in piggery dairy, fisheries and other animal activities to increase production and to stop importing dairy and meat products from other states.
Rio then said that though 70 per cent of the population of Nagaland are dependent on agriculture and livestock, "and yet sadly, Nagaland still lacks the mechanism to check the health of the animals which are imported to the State". He therefore, appealed to the Veterinary Department to set up a breeding farm for pigs in every district so that quality meat can be produced within the state, further adding that animal feeds should be produced in the districts which will be economically viable for the farmers. Under the Centre's assistance, the state customised 16 vehicles for 12 districts, one each for Elisa Laboratory, Veterinary Field Assistant Training Institute, Vaccine Bank and State Level Monitoring Centre.