National Conference on Opportunities and Strategies for Sustainable Pig Production organized by ICAR- National Research Centre on Pig, Guwahati, Assam

The ICAR-National Research Centre on Pig, organized a National Conference on Opportunities and Strategies for Sustainable Pig Production on 20 and 21st December 2014 in its campus at Guwahati, Assam, India. For the first time in India a National Conference focusing issues on sustainable pig husbandry was organized. Shri V.K.Pipersenia, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary and Agriculture Production Commissioner to the Govt. of Assam inaugurated the conference on 20.12.14. The session was presided by Dr.K.M.Bujarbaruah, Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat. Dr.M.P.Yadav former Director of Indian Veterinary Research Institute and Secretary, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Dr.K.M. Cherian, legendary cardiac surgeon and a Padmashri awardee were the guest of honour. Earlier, Dr. Dilip Kumar Sarma, Director of the Institute welcomed the guests, invited speakers from different parts of country and delegates for the conference. The technical sessions of the conference started with the keynote address of Dr.K.M.Bujarbaruah, who shared a vision for development of sustainable pig production systems in India, where he emphasized on how ecology, economics and society should coordinate to achieve the same. Dr.K.M.Cherian, indicated the utility of pig models in understanding and treatment of human diseases. He has pointed out for development of micropigs, which can be best model for biomedical application. More than 100 delegates including leading researchers from different parts of India participated in the conference. The conference critically deliberated the issues of contemporary relevance in sustainable pig production such as feeding systems, climate change, pig breed development, health, zoonosis, pork product development and value chain under different production systems. Besides experts and scientists, representatives from NABARD, SBI, entrepreneurs and progressive farmers participated in the conference. In nutshell, the conference served as a platform for interaction among researchers, policy makers, bankers, members, from farming community and business houses. Based on the deliberations over six technical sessions, a road map was prepared to augment sustainable pig production in India to ensure nutritional and livelihood security among farming community. The conference concluded with vote of thanks offered by Dr.Mohan.N.H, Organizing Secretary of the conference.

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