Two new and improved crossbred varieties of pigs namely Rani and Asha developed by ICAR-National Research Centre on Pig, Rani, Guwahati and another two varieties of pigs namely HD-K75and Jahrsuk developed under All India Coordinated Research Project on Pig at Assam Agricultural University, Guwahati and Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi, respectively were released by Dr. H. Rahman, DDG (AS), ICAR, New Delhi for the benefit of farming community in presence of Dr. KM Bujarbaruah, Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, Dr. NM Kulkarni, Vice-Chancellor, Birsa Agricultural University, Dr. R S Gandhi ADG (AP&B), ICAR, and Dr. DK Sarma, Director, ICAR-National Research Centre on Pig at different programs organized at Guwahati and Ranchi. Dr. A. Chakraborty, Director of Research, AAU, Dr. D K Singh ‘Dron’, Director of Research, BAU, Dr. Vineet Bhasin (AG&B), ICAR, Director, ICAR-NRC on Yak; Scientists and teachers from both universities, in-charges of different AICRP centers; senior officials and large number progressive farmers from State Veterinary Departments of Assam, Meghalaya. Nagaland, Jharkhand were also present during these occasions.
While releasing the pig varieties, Dr. Rahman emphasized that there is a huge difference in demand and supply of pork in the country due to non-availability of improved, well performing and adaptable pig breeds in the local agro-climatic conditions. The release of these varieties will definitely meet the demand to a large extend for improved germplasm, he stated. Dr. Rahman congratulated ICAR-NRC on Pig, Guwahati, AAU, Guwahati and Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi and the team of scientists involved in the development of fast-growing crossbred pig varieties. In his address, he gave emphasis on pig farming over other livestock for quick economic return. He later distributed piglets to pig farmers and released few publications.
Dr. Bujarbaruah, Vice-Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University, and Dr. NM Kulkarni, Vice-Chancellor, Birsa Agricultural University assured all support to the All India Coordinated Research Project on Pig running in their universities and requested for more support for the Mega-seed project to distribute these varieties to the farmers.
The productive, reproductive and adaptive characters of developed varieties were stabilized by few generation of inter-se-mating before releasing varieties. These varieties can gain almost 74 - 80 kg pork at slaughter age of 8 months with 1.75 - 2.58 cm of back fat thickness.
The Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR, New Delhi appreciated the effort of the Institutes for development of faster-growing crossbred pigs and expected that the rural farmers would be benefitted through rearing of improved pig germplasm. It is proposed to propagate the improved crossbred varieties through Mega Seed Project on Pig centers in Assam, Jharkhand and other NE States.
(Source: Animal Science Division, ICAR, New Delhi)