DIPR IMPHAL, 7th Nov: Reaffirming state government’s determination and efforts to preserve and protect the endangered ‘Manipuri Pony’ breed, chief minister N Biren chaired the first meeting of Manipuri Pony Development Board held at the CM's secretariat on Tuesday.
The meeting discussed issues regarding rehabilitation, long term sustainability, preservation and conservation of Manipuri pony. During the meeting, Biren made it clear that there is a need to develop more habitation zones in various areas for breeding and increasing the population of pony in the state. A breeding farm would soon be developed and maintained by the state government so that the rare and precious gene of Manipuri pony breed is not diluted, he said.
Stating that the Polo game plays an important role in protecting the state's rare breed of ponies from extinction, the Chief Minister opined that Polo fields and grounds in rural areas of the state need to be developed.
He added that proper identification of grazing fields will soon be done.
Regarding the issue of stray ponies wandering in busy streets, the meeting unanimously decided that every Pony owner of the state need to register their ponies. The owners will be given some incentives for the maintenance and care of the ponies. If the owners fail to register their ponies on time, then necessary action will be taken up and the ponies will be auctioned. The meeting also discussed about procurement of dry fodder like straw etc., during post-harvest period and maintenance of fodder storage for the ponies.
It is said that 'Manipuri Ponies' are among the seven recognised breeds of horses found in India.
Minister for Agriculture and Veterinary and Animal Husbandry V Hangkhanlian, Parliamentary Secretary (Agriculture) Awangbow Newmai, Principal Secretary; Vineet Joshi, IGP Dr S Ibocha, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests K Angami, Commissioner (Revenue) Th Chittaranjan Singh, Director (Veterinary)and members of Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association along with officials of various departments attended the meeting.