GUWAHATI, July 31 - Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries Sanjeev Kumar Balyan visited ICAR-National Research Centre on Pig, Rani, Guwahati recently, a press release stated. During the visit, he was appraised about the institutional activities and salient achievements of the institute. He visited the farm complex and R&D Pork Processing Plant of the institute. While interacting with scientists of the institute, he mentioned the importance of pig breeding for production of quality germplasm and subsequent dissemination to field for the benefit of the farmers and entrepreneurs. He also emphasized that there is an urgent need to import exotic germplasm to the institute, being a premier institute of the country, for enhancing the productive and reproductive performance of pigs. He also suggested the importance of nutrition in pig farming. He advised to take up research projects to increase the feed efficiency and use of alternate feed resources. He opined that, this will not only reduce the feed cost but also make piggery as a profitable and sustainable venture to the farming community.
Earlier, Dr Swaraj Rajkhowa, Director (Act.), ICAR-National Research Centre on Pig welcomed the Minister. The programme was attended by scientists, technical and administrative staff of the institute.