ICAR-CCARI, Goa organised a one-day Training-cum- Demonstration on ‘Scientific Pig Farming’, under Tribal Sub Plan of AICRP on Pig. A total of 14 participants comprised 8 from Uttara Kannada, Karnataka and 6 from Goa, attended the training.

In the inaugural address, Dr Parveen Kumar, Director of ICAR-CCARI Goa, highlighted the importance of scientific pig farming that can be economical to farmers by adopting the low-cost package of practices in the farming. He emphasised that the farmers should take proper managemental practices to reduce mortality in the farm through preventive health measures and proper shelter management against heat stress.

Dr Shirish D. Narnaware (Section in-charge, Animal and Fisheries Science) briefed the participants about the backyard and organised commercial piggery farming. The lectures were delivered on care and management of pigs, housing, feeding, reproductive care and artificial insemination, health care and disease prevention in pigs and processing of pork by the scientists Dr Nibedita Nayak, Dr Gokuldas P.P., Dr Susitha Rajkumar and Dr R. Solomon Rajkumar.

A practical demonstration was conducted on elite germplasm selection for breeding, routine farm management, preparation and storage of feed, care of farrowing sows and piglets, deworming and vaccination. An interactive session was also conducted with the scientists and farmer trainees, followed by certificate distribution. At the end of the programme, piglets and feed were supplied to all the beneficiary farmers.  Dr Amiya Ranjan Sahu (PI, AICRP on Pig) and Dr. Shirish Narnaware (Senior Scientist) coordinated for the training programme.


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