GUWAHATI, July 8 � The Department of Livestock Production and Management, College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara in collaboration with the State Institute of Rural Development, Assam organised a 30-day certificate course on �pig farming� from June 1- 30 last, a press release stated.
A total of 25 young and progressive farmers from 11 districts namely Baska, Kokrajhar, Udalguri, Chirang, Nalbari, Lakhimpur, Sibsagar, Dhemaji, Karbi Anglong, Barpeta and Kamrup district attended the programme. The majority of the participants were beneficiaries under various self-employment programmes, implemented by the State Institute of Rural Development, Assam. The programme was inaugurated by the Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara, who elaborately described the benefits and aspects of the certificate course. Surajit Borgohain, Assistant Director. SIRD. Assam also addressed the participants in the inaugural session.
The objective of the course was to impart knowledge and skill, motivate, encourage and help the rural youth undertake pig farming, to impart entrepreneurial ability and managerial skill to manage pig farming profitably and to create technically competent manpower for disseminating technical know-how of pig farming to the educated unemployed youths of NE India.
A pre-training evaluation was also done to understand the actual needs of the participants. Eminent scientists and faculty members from different related departments from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara acted as resource persons. Apart from the class room teaching and practical classes at 30-Sow Teaching Unit, the participants were also given hands-on training on pig farming and hygienic pork production and also on preparation of various value- added pork products.
A day-long class room and farm visit programme was also organised at the National Research Centre on Pig, ICAR, Rani as a part of the course. Field visits and interaction programmes were arranged at a private integrated farm complex at Ghograpar owed by Debajit Barman. The participants were also taken to the Regional Resource and Training Centre, Umran, Meghalaya and Farm Complex of ICAR-NEH Region, Umium, Meghalaya for an exposure visit.
The programme ended with a valedictory session on June 30 at the Seminar Hall, Department of Livestock Production and Management, College of Veterinary Science, Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara. Dr RN Goswami, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara, Dr Ranajit Roychoudhury, Professor & Head, Department of Livestock Production and Management, College of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara, Surajit Bargohain, Assistant Director, State Institute of Rural Development, Assam and all the teachers of Department of Livestock Production and Management participated in the valedictory programme. As mark of acknowledgement, the participants of the course organised a plantation programme on the premises of the Department of Livestock Production & Management, College of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara. The programme concluded with the vote of thanks to all the stakeholders by the course director.