GUWAHATI, April 6 - A five-day �Skill Development Training on Pig Farming� was organised recently by the Directorate of Extension Education, Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Khanapara, in collaboration with the Centre for Microfinance & Livelihood (CML), Guwahati.
Thirty-three educated youths and progressive farmers of five districts � Dhemaji, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Baksa, and Kamrup Metropolitan � attended the training programme. The main objective of the programme was to develop the entrepreneurial skills of the farmers and educated unemployed youths on pig farming by adoption of modern and scientific methods for enhanced production, resulting in socio-economic development and self-employment of rural masses.
Considering the importance and needs of the participants, a specialised course curriculum was designed and the training programme was conducted by course director Dr K Choudhury, Senior Extension Specialist of the Directorate of Extension Education, AAU.
The valedictory function was held under the chairmanship of Dr P Hazarika, Associate Director of Extension Education, AAU.
The chief guest of the function, Dr RN Goswami, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Science, AAU, advised the participants to work hard and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the training programme for enhanced production in their piggeries.
He also appreciated the efforts made by the Centre for Microfinance & Livelihood (CML), Guwahati, for socio-economic development and also for self-employment of the educated youths.
Speaking on the occasion, guest of honour, Dr A Chakravorty, Director of Research (Veterinary), AAU, Khanapara, emphasised rearing of high-yielding variety of cross-bred pig for achieving the maximum benefit in the farming.
In his presidential speech, Dr Pulin Hazarika explained the impact of the scientific and skill development training, which he said would accelerate the growth of livestock production. He also appealed to the participants to take advantage of the technical support rendered by Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) of the respective districts for better production of livestock.
Senior Programme Manager (CML) K Basumatary also spoke on the occasion.