Ludhiana 18 November, 2019-Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana organized consecutively three training programs on Pig Farming from 30th Oct. 2019 to 01st Nov. 2019, 04th -08th Nov. 2019 and 13th -15th Nov. 2019 for the farmers. Dr. H. K. Verma, Director Extension Education informed that farmers are gaining interest in pig farming due to fast growth in body weight, high prolificacy, high demand of pork and easy marketing of this animal. Dr. Verma stressed that, Pig farming can be a viable mean for sustainable livelihood and can generate employment opportunities.

Dr S K Kansal, Head, Department of Veterinary Extension Education informed that Veterinary University is disseminating knowledge on pig farming through a printed literatures and a mobile app, which can be downloaded from Play store. Also, Veterinary University is providing hand holding support to farmers through Progressive pig farmers association. Dr. Jaswinder Singh and Rajesh Kasrija, training coordinators informed that a total of 74 trainees including woman trainees from different districts of Punjab and nearby states participated in these training programs. The trainees were provided with theoretical knowledge on various topics like breeds, feeding, shed design, vaccination protocols, disease prevention, value addition of meat and economics of pig farming etc and practical training on handling, measuring temperature, signs of healthy animals/pigs, teeth cutting and castration was given to the trainees. In the coming March, Pashu Palan Mela, Chief Minister Award will be awarded to the progressive, rural, innovative farmer on the basis of his performance. For application of awards, website can be checked. Dr Y S Jadoun, Dr. Bilawal and Dr Kulvinder Singh, associated coordinators, made smooth arrangement for conduct of these training programs successfully.