Shillong, Oct. 8: Meghalaya is all set to have a wool bank where due weightage will be given to sheep and angora rabbit rearing.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the 2nd Shillong Woollen Expo, 2012 here today, deputy chief minister Bindo M. Lanong said Meghalaya will soon have a wool bank with the assistance of the Central Wool Development Board (CWDB) under the Union ministry of textiles.
The bank will come up through subsided funding by the ministry that will also incorporate sheep, angora rabbit and other wool-producing animal rearing, technical expertise, training and setting up of a infrastructure for wool exhibition-cum sale.
“Meghalaya has a great potential in this regard like other northeastern states and we deserve to have a wool industry or banks in different states of the region,” Lanong said
Observing that most of the cattle reared in the state were used for meat consumption, he said it was time for diversification in animal farming.
He noted that sheep rearing, which was rare in the state, will now find prominence with the process of setting up of a wool bank is in its penultimate stage.
He also said the state government would associate with the Indian Chamber of Commerce to generate livelihood and promote industrial development.
GNLA men held
Meghalaya police today apprehended two Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) cadres from Tinpul area under Borsora police outpost in South West Khasi Hills district.
The apprehended cadres have been identified as Mesonath D. Sangma of Mailam village, who claimed to be the “area commander” of Rajaju, South West Khasi Hills and Jagues of Asimchiring village, South Garo Hills.
Police said the duo were arrested following the receipt of information that armed goons were spotted in the Tinpul area. A GNLA demand note and a mobile handset were recovered from them.