IMPHAL, July 8: Two poultry farms have been constructed by 37 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector under HQ IGAR(S) in village Hollengjang and Tuijang of Samtal Salient. Hollengjang and Tuijang are remote villages near Indo-Myanmar border and have very poor social and economic index.
A statement issued by the PRO IGAR (S) said that due to almost nonexistent basic infrastructure and other means of employment, villagers of this area had resorted to poppy cultivation. In an endeavor to wean away villagers from poppy cultivation numerous socio- economic measures have been taken up by 37 Assam Rifles and construction of these poultry farms is one of them, it said, adding complete infrastructure has been provided by the Battalion including shelter, chicks, poultry feed, vaccination and transportation from Imphal to these remote villages.
The villagers have also been trained for professional poultry farming by Assam Rifles. Fifty chicks have been given to each poultry farm as a pioneer project, said the statement.