Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi has released two new crossbred pig varieties in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh for the benefit of farming community of the region. The crossbred pig varieties were developed under All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Pig centres located in the region.
Thiru. K. Balakrishna Reddy, Minister of Animal Husbandry, Government of Tamil Nadu released the crossbred pig variety “TANUVAS KPM Gold”, developed by AICRP on Pig at PGRIAS, Kattupakkam, on 30th June, 2017. Later he distributed the developed variety among the farmers.
Dr. J.K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries Science & Animal Sciences) stated that the newly developed variety will be beneficial for farmers and entrepreneurs of the state to enhance their income.
The crossbred pig variety was devolved by crossing Large White Yorkshire with Desi pig of Tamil Nadu. The inheritance level has been stabilized at 75:25 % for LWY and Desi. The developed variety is well adapted to local climatic conditions of the state with litter size at birth of 8.1 and average body weight of 72 kg at 8 months.
Dr. S. Thilagar, Vice- Chancellor TANUVAS, Dr. R.S. Gandhi, Assistant Director General (AP&B) ICAR and Dr. D.K. Sarma, Director ICAR-NRC Pig also expressed their views on this occasion. An integrated farming system unit developed by the AICRP on Pig Centre was also inaugurated.
Dr. J.K. Jena released crossbred pig variety “Tirupati Varaha” on 1st July, 2017 at Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU), Tirupati. Dr Jena expected that the farmers would be benefitted through rearing of improved pig germplasm.
The variety was developed by AICRP on Pig Centre located at SVVU by crossing of Large White Yorkshire with Desi pig of the state with 75% exotic inheritance. The developed crossbred pig variety can attain 85.48 kg body weight at slaughter at the age of 10 months with 8.1 litter size at birth.
Dr. Y. Hari Babu, Vice Chancellor, SVVU, Dr. R.S. Gandhi, Assistant Director General (AP&B), ICAR; Dr. D.K. Sarma, Director ICAR-NRC Pig; Dr. Arjava Sharma, Director ICAR-NBAGR, Karnal along with other ICAR and University officials and farmers were present on the occasion.
(Source: Animal Science Division, ICAR)