Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Guru Angad Dev Vetrinary & Animal Sciences, University, Booh, Tarn Taran organized two vocational ‘Integrated Fish and Pig Farming under ICAR and RKVY’ from 08.07.2019 – 12.07.2019 at its Campus. Forty five (28 farmers in ICAR and 17 farmers in RKVY) farmers belonging to different district like Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Ferozepur had participated in the training course. Scientific knowledge on various aspects of pig as well as fish farming was devised in this training related to fish and pig farming, breeds of pigs and fish, breeding, artificial insemination related techniques, feeding and management of pigs, rearing piglets, scientific breeding interventions and prevention and control of diseases of zoonotic importance. Speaking on the inaugural sessi
on of the training programme, Dr Balwinder Kumar Deputy Director (Training) and Course Director, discussed about the role of livestock sector in uplifting farmers’ income. He also highlighted the facilities available at KVK and GADVASU, Ludhiana for the upliftment of livestock sector in the state and urged the farmers to get maximum benefits from said facilities. Dr Kumar also told that such type of trainings helps farmers, farm women, and rural youth in developing the agricultural entrepreneurship through livestock diversification. Pig farming is gaining momentum in state and can be good mean for earning profit from this venture.
Dr S. Gurdeep Singh, Assistant Professor (Livestock Production) and Dr. Bhanu Prakash Ch, Assistant Professor (Fisheries); Course Coordinators described about numerous scientific breeding principles and interventions, housing management practices, treatment & control of diseases and various feed formulations. The experts from GADVASU, Ludhiana Dr Ravikant and Dr Abhed Pandey delivered their experts talk on preparation of pig house and construction of new fish pond, feed management, different species of pig, fodder/feed management for pigs, marketing of pig, a nd integration of pig and fish enterprises, etc. During training course, an exposure visit of farmers was also conducted to College of Fisheries and University Pig farms. At the same time, Dr. H. K Verma, Director Extension Education interacted with trainees and appealed the farmers to adopt integrated livestock system. Also a visit to Farmer Field School set up by KVK at village Chapiri Sahib, Tarn Taran for practical learning, where farmers got knowledge about different operations. Course coordinator proposed the vote of thanks at the valedictory function.