Press Release

Press Release from Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department

Information & Public Relations Department

Date: 17-Feb-2022
Animal Husbandry Department initiates another quality initiative, with assistance and support from the JICA Project of the Forest Department, to conduct a three-day refresher course on Poultry and Piggery

Gangtok, Feb 17: Animal Husbandry Department organised 3 days of Residential training on Poultry Farming and Piggery Farming to Entrepreneurs, Farmers, members of SHGs in Gangtok at Training and Extension Centre of Sokeythang Gangtok with the assistance from the JICA project of the Forest Department. The training was held in two batches, one batch attended to Poultry Farming and Entrepreneurship Development and the other batch attended Piggery Farming and Entrepreneurship Development. In total 38 farmers of unemployed youth. The training covered all important aspects of AH farming from Selection of Breed, Housing, Feeding, Management, Disease control, Insurance, Marketing, Value addition, meat processing techniques & packaging, marketing strategies and Farm economics and options to access bank credit., etc.,
The programme was coordinated by Project Director Mr N.W. Tamang, Additional Project Director Mr.Abhay Bhaskar, JICA ,Mr. Tshering Pintso Bhutia, Joint Director and Mrs Shewani Pradhan, DFO from Forest Dept and Dr Sanjay M Gajmer Additional Director and Dr Indira Subba, Joint Director Training & Extension from AH&VS Dept. The resource persons for the technical session were Dr Sharman Rai (Additional Director, Piggery), Dr Nutan Subba (Joint Director, Piggery), Dr Anjala Pradhan (Joint Director, Pakyong, Subdivision), Dr Tashi Chozang Bhutia (Joint Director, Rongli, Hospital cum Poultry Farm), Dr Sunita Joshi (Joint Director, Monitoring &Quality control), Dr Renuka Sharma (Deputy Director, State Veterinary Polyclinic), Dr Sanjog Rai (Deputy Director, Poultry.
The valedictory session was held on 16 Feb 2022, Secretary, AHVS, Dr P Senthil Kumar addressed the farmers as chief guests and motivated them to pursue livestock rearing as a sustainable means of livelihood. He also highlighted the incentives provided by the Government to encourage and support the farmers of the poultry and piggery sector. In his address, he explained the profitability of poultry and piggery farming in the state and the various Govt support and incentives available to the farmers. The trainee was also exposed to the latest technologies adopted in pig and poultry farming. They were also taken for field exposures and were provided with the latest methodologies on farming. Bank officials provided input on accessing credit for starting and expanding poultry farms and piggery farms. Dr P. Senthil, Secretary AH motivated the trainees to take up farming as soon as they return to their village and assured all support of the Department to become an entrepreneur in the AH sector. In the program, Dr Indira made a presentation on the process and subject areas covered in the training. He also highlighted the upcoming processing and packaging facility of the Department for poultry. The valedictory session was attended by Principal Director, BM Chettri, Director, Additional Directors Gyanashyam, Additional Project Director, JICA Abhay Bhaskar and different officials of the Forest Department and Animal Husbandry Department.