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Meat processing plant inaugurated
Priority to agriculture, animal husbandry
MANJADI (WAYANAD): Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said on Sunday that diversification in the agriculture sector had played a crucial role in strengthening the farming community in the State.
Addressing a gathering, from Thiruvananthapuram through teleconferencing, in connection with the inauguration of a Rs.17-crore meat processing plant of the Brahmagiri Development Society, a people's initiative in the dairy development sector in Wayanad district, Mr. Achuthanandan said the government should focus on developing agriculture-based industries in the State to strengthen the farming sector. The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government was able to take progressive steps in this regard during the past five years, Mr. Achuthanandan said.
Agriculture and animal husbandry were the chief means of livelihood of the people in the State and the government had given high priority to these sectors during its regime, Mr. Achuthanandan said.
“This is the first large-scale high-tech venture of the farming community in the State and it would set a model for others to emulate,” the Chief Minister said. Mr. Achuthanandan commended people's representatives for setting up such a challenging enterprise.
Mr. Achuthanandan said the newly opened plant would help in the comprehensive development of agricultural-based industries in the State as it aimed to uplift small-scale farmers as well as farm workers to the status of modern industrial workers by assuring them fair income and job security.
The newly opened veterinary university in the district would be helpful for further progress of the industry, the Chief Minister added.
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