Ludhiana 12 September, 2019-Department of Livestock Products Technology has organized five day training programme on “Hygienic pork Production and value addition for entrepreneurship development”, for the pig farmers/budding entrepreneurs. Total 36 pig farmers participated in this training programme. Dr O.P.Malav and Dr Rajesh V Wagh acted as course coordinator. Dr. Manish Kumar Chatili, HoD revealed that Presently, the pig population in Punjab is estimated as 0.50 lakhs only. Presently, approx 1000 farmers in the state are running the pig farms and more and more farmers are adopting pig farming as a venture. Pigs are identified as a cash crop as it provides quick returns, since the marketable weight of fatteners can be achieved with in a period of 6-8 months. However, majority of the farmers are selling their produce as live animals to the contractors, which are supplying these to North Eastern states. This apprehends to their income and many of the time they get exploited through the hands of the contractor or middlemen. Therefore, on the demand of the pig farmers, this training programme on value addition was organized by the department. The course content of training programme included selection of pigs, hygienic slaughtering and dressing operations, development and packaging of pork pickle, sausages, nuggets, koftas etc. The experts also discussed about meat quality standards and FSSAI guidelines. The participants visited Modern Pig slaughter unit, Chandigarh to have better practical exposure. The successful entrepreneurs and member of Srilanka’s Customs, Import and Export Council also discussed about the export potential of pig meat.

Dr Harish Verma, Director Extension Education released a compendium developed by the department faculty for this training programme and distributed the certificates to the participants on successful completion of the training and said that the value addition is need of the hour for better returns. Dr A.S. Nanda, Vice Chancellor, GADVASU highlighted that the acquired scientific knowledge on the processing through this training programme will help in providing assured income to the farmers and certainty in marketing of pigs. This will also provide the nutritional security to the people of Punjab. He applauded the efforts of the department and its faculty members.