JORHAT, Sept 29 - The North-East Progressive Pig Farmers� Association (NEPPFA), held its first annual general meeting at the auditorium of CSIR-NEIST at Pulibor here on Saturday.
It may be mentioned that NEPPFA is an association of commercial pig farmers of the north-eastern region which was formed on April 22 , 2018 with an aim to develop the commercial piggery sector in the region. NEPPFA has its central office in Tezpur.
State Minister for Agriculture, Food Processing, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Atul Bora, who was the chief guest at the AGM, in his address, lauded the efforts of NEPPFA in leading this Pink Revolution in the north-eastern region.
Bora assured the Association of extending all necessary support by the Government so that commercial piggery could become one of the leading sectors in agriculture and set an example before the entire country.
NEPPFA president Manoj Kumar Basumatary, while speaking on the ocassion, said that the pig farmers were contributing to a revolution, which with proper guidance and support could transform the economic scenario of the region.
�Here we are talking of a real revolution which is taking place. It is taking place through the meat sector and will be able to meet the food security demands of this region and impact the economics of this region,� Basumatary speculated.
He said that the NEPPFA was an inclusive platform formed to ensure that all pig farmers get all the required support to boost the Pink Revolution.
NEPPFA general secretary Mrinal Kumar Borah, in his address, said that the organisation was formed with the ambitious vision of creating a global brand of pork like Assam Tea. He said the Association was working with the twin objective of developing the farmers and providing safe and hygienic meat to the consumers.
Bora said that though the organisation is in a nascent stage, yet is has been able to create an impact.
�Perceptible change is being witnessed in the piggery sector after the formation of this organisation which is evident in the availability of quality piglets in the field, farmers adopting good management practices and wider use of essential vaccines, which has led to decrease in economic losses and more investments coming into the sector,� the general secretary stated.
The meeting was attended by over 200 pig farmers from Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.