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Pig seed village project taken up at Paschim Dairong village

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GOALPARA, Dec 12 - A pig seed village project was taken up recently by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Dudhnoi, Goalpara at Paschim Dairong village which is situated along the Assam-Meghalaya border, nearly 6 km away from Krishnai.

As per the recommendations which were taken up at the first farmer-scientist interaction programme organised on the occasion at the Dairong village in the presence of the Assistant Chief Technical Officer (Animal Science), KVK, Dudhnoi, Dr Hitu Choudhury, ICAR-NRC on Pig, Dr MK Tamuli, Chairman, Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council, Tarun Rabha, Director, ICAR-NRC on Pig, Dr DK Sarma, Principal Scientist, ADC, Goalpara; Programme Coordinator, KVKGoalpara; DVO, Goalpara and more than 200 farmers of the village decided to adopt Paschim Dairong village as �pig seed village� by KVK Goalpara for producing good quality piglets for overall development of piggery sector in Goalpara and Assam as well and which will be the model for other pig farmers where emphasis was placed on the method of artificial insemination (AI) as the breeding method for producing upgraded piglets with liquid semen supplied from ICAR-NRC on Pig. While the village will be named as either �Pig Seed Village� or �Borah Gram� as Borah is the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Talking to this correspondent, Assistant Chief Technical Officer (Animal Science), KVK, Dudhnoi, Dr Hitu Choudhury, said that the primary objective of the project is to deliver superior quality and disease-free piglets for starting scientific pig breeding farms and artificial insemination has emerged as the potent technique to aid quality production.

He also said that several training programmes to educate the farmers on �Artificial Insemination on Pig� as well as in pig husbandry were taken up in the village and accordingly AI programme was started giving great satisfaction to the local pig farmers and after parturition of 2-3 nos. of sows (female pig), another farmer-scientist interaction programme was organised at the same venue.

Dr Choudhury further added that the local farmers also decided to form a society named as �Sarpak Livelihood Society� to look after all aspects of pig farmers i.e., from supply of quality liquid semen from ICAR-NRC on Pig to piglet marketing. While CEM Tankeswar Rabha committed to establish a marketing centre for quality piglets in the Paschim Dairong village from Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council, the DC, Goalpara offered a solar energy-run refrigerator for storage of the liquid semen and DVO, Goalpara also committed to collaborate with KVK Goalpara and will support in all pig heath care measures.

It may be mentioned here the village is inhabited by around 215 Rongdani Rabha families and out of these, 200 live below the poverty line. Besides rice cultivation for sustenance, pig farming is the major source of income for running the day-to-day activities of the villagers. Every family has 2-3 pigs in their household for generating cash during emergency.

According to the KVK, Dudhnoi sources till date there are more than 200 AI born piglets and 20 pregnant sows in the village. Two AI experts from the villagers are also available in the village. Probably Paschim Dairong is the only �Pig seed village� in India. This village will be the example for others farmers where the pig farmers are giving more emphasis on adopting only technology rather than asking for loan and other financial support from the Government.

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Pig seed village project taken up at Paschim Dairong village

GOALPARA, Dec 12 - A pig seed village project was taken up recently by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Dudhnoi, Goalpara at Paschim Dairong village which is situated along the Assam-Meghalaya border, nearly 6 km away from Krishnai.

As per the recommendations which were taken up at the first farmer-scientist interaction programme organised on the occasion at the Dairong village in the presence of the Assistant Chief Technical Officer (Animal Science), KVK, Dudhnoi, Dr Hitu Choudhury, ICAR-NRC on Pig, Dr MK Tamuli, Chairman, Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council, Tarun Rabha, Director, ICAR-NRC on Pig, Dr DK Sarma, Principal Scientist, ADC, Goalpara; Programme Coordinator, KVKGoalpara; DVO, Goalpara and more than 200 farmers of the village decided to adopt Paschim Dairong village as �pig seed village� by KVK Goalpara for producing good quality piglets for overall development of piggery sector in Goalpara and Assam as well and which will be the model for other pig farmers where emphasis was placed on the method of artificial insemination (AI) as the breeding method for producing upgraded piglets with liquid semen supplied from ICAR-NRC on Pig. While the village will be named as either �Pig Seed Village� or �Borah Gram� as Borah is the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Talking to this correspondent, Assistant Chief Technical Officer (Animal Science), KVK, Dudhnoi, Dr Hitu Choudhury, said that the primary objective of the project is to deliver superior quality and disease-free piglets for starting scientific pig breeding farms and artificial insemination has emerged as the potent technique to aid quality production.

He also said that several training programmes to educate the farmers on �Artificial Insemination on Pig� as well as in pig husbandry were taken up in the village and accordingly AI programme was started giving great satisfaction to the local pig farmers and after parturition of 2-3 nos. of sows (female pig), another farmer-scientist interaction programme was organised at the same venue.

Dr Choudhury further added that the local farmers also decided to form a society named as �Sarpak Livelihood Society� to look after all aspects of pig farmers i.e., from supply of quality liquid semen from ICAR-NRC on Pig to piglet marketing. While CEM Tankeswar Rabha committed to establish a marketing centre for quality piglets in the Paschim Dairong village from Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council, the DC, Goalpara offered a solar energy-run refrigerator for storage of the liquid semen and DVO, Goalpara also committed to collaborate with KVK Goalpara and will support in all pig heath care measures.

It may be mentioned here the village is inhabited by around 215 Rongdani Rabha families and out of these, 200 live below the poverty line. Besides rice cultivation for sustenance, pig farming is the major source of income for running the day-to-day activities of the villagers. Every family has 2-3 pigs in their household for generating cash during emergency.

According to the KVK, Dudhnoi sources till date there are more than 200 AI born piglets and 20 pregnant sows in the village. Two AI experts from the villagers are also available in the village. Probably Paschim Dairong is the only �Pig seed village� in India. This village will be the example for others farmers where the pig farmers are giving more emphasis on adopting only technology rather than asking for loan and other financial support from the Government.

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