At present the state bans the import of dressed chicken and chicken parts to protect the chicken farming industry.
Mong said the decision to import chicken would be the option to stabilise the price in the local market.
Whose fault is this?
Remember the state government closed all the 19 agricultural stations throughout the state decades ago.
Under the government extension programmes, agricultural officers and home demonstrators from all these stations would visit longhouses and villages to encourage and advise how to run cottage industry or home economics such as rearing chicken, goats, cows, ducks, and culturing fish as well as planting pepper, vegetables, sewing, cakes making and so on.
At that time, rural people were really involved in small time businesses such as selling chickens, eggs, cakes, vegetables as well handicraft products.
After all these agricultural stations were closed, the state suffered shortages of all these products. But what come in are new crony companies such as CCK.
I heard recently Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang, Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Agriculture and Rural Development minister wanted to reopen all these agricultural stations.
The government must have realised their folly.