Field Day on Pig Husbandry organized by ICAR RC NEH in Mawphlang, Meghalaya

One day ‘Field Day on Pig Husbandry’ was organized on 9th February 2021 in Mawphlang village by ICAR Umiam Meghalaya. A total of 120 pig breeding farmers including 85 women were participated in the Field Day. The programme specifically focused on two aspects (i) modern pig production technologies to enhance the productivity; and (ii) pig value chain and marketing to enhance profitability with an ultimate aim of doubling farmer’s income. The programme was organized under the National Agricultural Science Fund (NASF) project “Pork Marketing Chains in North-East India for Sustainable Livelihood of Tribal Women (Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland)” in collaboration with Amity University Noida. On this occasion, Dr. G. Kadirvel, Principal Scientist and organizing secretary of this programme deliberated about modern scientific pig husbandry management including housing, breeding, feeding and health management. Followed by Dr. M. Battacharjee, Professor from Amity University, New Delhi and Principal Investigator of the project addressed the farmers on importance of the pig value chain management, pork value addition and marketing. She also explained how to reduce the middlemen problem, enhance the profitability and improving pork value chain. The programme was initiated and introduced to all the farmers and NGOs by Dr. P. Paul, Scientist and Coordinator of the programme. On this outside, scientist-farmer interaction also arranged specifically for women farmers and discussed the problems they faced in pig husbandry. Different queries were answered for the benefit of the farmers. Core three group discussions was conducted in the afternoon to know the existing role of women in piggery value chain specifically on pork marketing. To popularize pig production technologies, medical kits including mineral mixture and deworming tablets was distributed to the tribal farmers as a critical input. The programme was ended with vote of thanks by Tambor Lyngdoh, leader of NGO (Ka Synjuk Ki Hima Arliang Wah Umiam Mawphlang Welfare Society.

Discussion on scientific pig husbandry management
Group photo comprises Scientits-farmers
Group discussion with women farmers engaed in pig husbandry
Medical kit distribution among the farmers