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A regional meeting on “An Approach for Swine Production in North Eastern Region” was held on 9th of May, 2008, Guwahati, Assam under the chairmanship of Dr. K. M. Bujarbaruah, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR, New Delhi. This meeting was organized by National Research Centre on Pig(ICAR), Guwahati, Assam. The country representative of International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Directors of National Research Centre of Mithun and Yak, Directors of state A.H. & Vety. Dept. of all the states of North Eastern region, Director of Research (AAU) of College of Veterinary Science, Prof and Heads of different departments of College of Vety. Science, experts from ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, In-charge of AICRP on pig, experts from NABARD & United Insurance of India, Scientists of National Research Centre on Pig and the representatives of NGOs viz. FARMER, and Assam Centre for Rural Development etc. participated and provided technical inputs to boost Swine Production in North East India.

The meeting was started with the welcome address and a brief presentation of pig production scenario in NE region by Dr. Anubrata Das, Director, National Research Centre on Pig (ICAR), Guwahati, Assam. In the meeting various issues related to pig husbandry viz. feeding, health coverage, breeding etc. were discussed. Issue of concern noticed during recent times - trans-border movement of animals was also highlighted. The house emphasized on proper coordination of developmental agencies, research institutes, extension departments in envisaging future strategies related to swine production in NE region.

Dr. Ian Wright, country representative of International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya exuded hope that the huge potential of piggery sector of NE region can be harnessed provided the line departments, research institutes, financial Institution, Insurance agencies and International Livestock Research Centre work in collaboration with each other.

Dr. K. M. Bujarbaruah, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR, New Delhi put a caution, ‘although the region constitutes major share of pig population of the country and is directly related to the livelihood of poor farmers in general and tribal farmers in particular, it could not take an organized shape till date like poultry and dairy sector’. He also suggested Physiology and Microbiology Dept., College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural Universities, Khanapara, Guwahati, Assam to implement the newly developed two technologies at field level i.e. location specific mineral mixture prepared based on the deficiencies found in NE region and cell culture adapted lapinised swine fever vaccine respectively in collaboration with line departments. He stressed the need for a concerted effort by the Nutrition Dept. of College of Vety. Science (AAU), Khanapara, Guwahati, Assam and ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, Umium, Meghalaya in collaboration with National Research Centre on Pig (ICAR), Guwahati, Assam to produce low cost feed which can be afforded by the poor farmers of North Eastern region.

The meeting was ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. M. K. Tamuli, Principal Scientist, National Research Centre on Pig (ICAR), Guwahati, Assam.


From Left: Dr. Ian Wright (ILRI), Dr. K. M. Bujarbaruah, DDG (AS), ICAR & Dr. Anubrata Das, Director, NRC on Pig


Delegates at the meeting

Delegates at the meeting


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