14th Foundation Day of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) - National Research Centre on Pig (NRCP), Rani, Guwahati

ICAR-National Research Centre on Pig, located at Rani, Guwahati celebrated its 14th Foundation day on 4th September, 2015. Mr. Vinod Sheshan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner (Rural), Kamrup District was the Guest of Honour for this auspicious day. In his speech he mentioned that piggery is a very important livelihood activity and stressed that this sector has to be promoted for creating livelihood opportunities in the region. He also pointed out that this can be achieved by active interaction of research centre and administrators so that farmers and stakeholders can get the maximum benefit from this sector. Dr. K M Bujarbaruah, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat who is also the founder Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD) of the Centre acted as the Chairman of the inaugural session. He appreciated the achievements made by the Centre within a very short period of time and stressed that this institute should work in a boarder perspective so that benefit can reach each and every corner of the country. Dr. D K Sarma, Director, ICAR-NRC-Pig, presented a brief lecture narrating the achievements of this centre as well as the role of this institute in all round development of the piggery sector of the country with particular emphasis on Northeastern part of the country where pig rearing is way of life of significant numbers of tribal farmers inhabiting the region. Dr. R. N. Goswami, Dean, College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, Guwahati also delivered a lecture on this occasion and in his speech he briefed about the significant achievements of this institute as well as the pivotal role played by this institute in socioeconomic development of the economically downtrodden pig rearers of the NER. Dr A. Chakravarty, Director of Research (Vety), AAU, Khanapara has also delivered lecture on the occasion.
The Cetnre is working for all-round development of piggery sector of the country with special emphasize on nutritional and livelihood security of economically downtrodden farmers of north eastern states of the country. The Institute has been instrumental in developing a number of technologies which has been transferred to the private partners and entrepreneurs. On the eve of its Foundation Day, A farmers-scientist interaction was organized. About 100 participants including progressive farmers and entrepreneurs from Kamrup and Goalpara districts of Assam participated in the event. Resource persons from Assam Agricultural University, Guwahati, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Goalpara and Kamrup in addition to the scientists and technicians of the Institute took part in the discussion. Importance of scientific pig farming was emphasized for increasing profitability of backyard pig farming and homestead enterprises during the interaction. On this occasion, piglets were distributed to the selected farm-families from the adopted villages of the Institute under its Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) programme. Museum cum sale counter of the Centre was also opened by the dignitaries of the function. Sports and cultural events were organized by the staff as part of the foundation day.

Figure 1: Dignitaries at the fourteenth foundation day ceremony held at ICAR - NRC on Pig, Rani, Guwahati on 04th September 2015.
From left: Dr D. K. Sarma, Director, ICAR - NRCP, Dr K. M. Bujarbaruah, Vice Chancellor, AAU, Jorhat, Shri, Vinod Seshan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (R) and Dr M. K. Tamuli, Principal Scientist

Figure 2: Shri. Vinod Seshan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (R) speaking on the occasion
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