Sheep, Goat and Rabbit Development

Though the climatic situation is not very much conducive for sheep rearing, goats constitute a member of the rural family and more than 1.09 Lakhs Sheep and Goats are slaughtered annually producing about 1092 MT of meat per year. Khasi Hill Goat is a recognised breed of goats, which is on the verge of extinction. Steps are, therefore being taken to conserve and increase its population through selective breeding in State Farms. Goat keeping is also a commercially viable proposition and its development to the desired level is called for, Rabbit production has a good potentiality in the State. Initial trial has been made by the State Department as an introduction to the people in the State which shows promise for further initiative in this direction.