Press release

ICAR conducts workshop on Pork Marketing Chains

Two-day workshop on “Economic Optimization of Pork Marketing Chains in Nagaland” under NASF Project – ‘Pork Marketing Chains in North East India for Sustainable Livelihood of Tribal Women (Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland)’ was held at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Nagaland Centre, Medziphema from 11th to 12th February 2021. The workshop was organized to sort out the constraints and challenges in Pork Marketing Chains in Nagaland.

The Joint Director, ICAR Nagaland Centre Dr. D.J Rajkhowa informed the house that Nagaland being the highest pork consuming state nationally, the pig industry can revolutionize the economy in the state. He also stated that, real attention has not been given to piggery and that commercialization is extremely vital for the pig farming to stand on its feet. In addition to that policy decisions may be made in the area of supply and demand. He also stressed on the requirement of affordable ration for farmers. Dr. Meraj Haider Khan, Director (acting), NRC Mithun stated that under local conditions feed conversion ratio is very low. He enumerated problems faced by pig farming in the Nagaland like non-availability of good germplasm, lack of breeding pig farm and high production cost.

Dr. Nazrul Haque, Principal Scientist, NRC Mithun emphasized on cultivating feed crops. He also stated that a combination of Maize and soybean can be cultivated by farmer and can be combined in the ratio of 70:30 for optimal feeding. Dr. Sentinungla, Deputy Director, Department of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry mentioned that 70-100 pigs were being slaughtered in Dimapur in slaughter house which was commissioned in 2012.  Dr. H. Hevito, Joint Director, Department of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry highlighted that exotic pure breeds have been imported from United Kingdom by the State Veterinary Department. Professor Mahua Bhattacharjee, Professor, Amity School of Economics conducted a group discussion with the different stakeholders. The interaction comprised of farmers, pig producers, pig suppliers, butchers, state Government officials and Scientists from NRC Mithun and ICAR Nagaland Centre.

Earlier Dr. MAHAK SINGH, Scientist ICAR Nagaland Centre welcomes the delegates. The workshop was concluded with a vote of thanks by Mrs. Nungshitula Pongener, Senior Research Fellow, NASF Project-ICAR Nagaland Centre, Medziphema. Around 53 participants participated in the workshop.