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New training manuals for improving small-scale pig production: With lessons from northeastern India

25-Jan-2012 (4 years 12 days ago)

January 18, 2012 - ILRI

A new set of training manuals for pig farmers is now available. The manuals inform poor rural pig farmers in developing countries how to ‘intensify’ their production, using lessons gathered from a research-for-development project in India. Among other recommendations, the manuals offer ways of improving smallholder pig farming, including basic veterinary care, and pork production and marketing.

‘These manuals are the result of an analysis of the main gaps in small-scale pig production in India,’ said Rameswar Deka, a scientist from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) based in Guwahati, in northeastern India. ‘They are a response to farmer needs and offer a reference for best practices in managing small-scale pig systems.’

The manuals are a result of a project called ‘Livelihood Improvement and Empowerment of Rural Poor through Sustainable Farming Systems in Northeast India’. The five-year project, in India’s Assam and Nagaland states, was started in 2007 with funding from the Government of India, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), ILRI and the World Bank.

Raising pigs is a particularly important livelihood for smallholders in northeast India, where hilly terrain, poor roads and widespread poverty hamper crop cultivation

Raising pigs is a particularly important livelihood for smallholders in northeast India, where hilly terrain, poor roads and widespread poverty hamper crop cultivation. ‘Crop farming alone cannot meet the needs of families in these areas and many rely on livestock–mostly pigs and chickens–to supply much needed nutrition and income,’ said Deka.

The livelihood improvement project is working with farmers to develop pig production in particular because the region has a history of pig rearing and because keeping pigs requires minimal investments at the outset. Pig production is also easily intensified using locally available resources.

There are three well-illustrated manuals. Smallholders’ pig management offers a detailed look at pig systems in India, including features of common breeds, how to care and manage piglets, the reproductive cycle of pigs, breeding methods and how to cultivate feed-food crops. Veterinary first aid for pig offers information on organisms that cause common pig diseases, how to identify them and basic ways of controlling their spread. Hygienic pork production and marketing details how to hygienically process pork, follow slaughterhouse and meat inspection procedures and how to pack and preserve pork for sale.

ILRI scientist Ram Deka (middle) distributes training manuals to Livestock Service Providers participating in an ILRI pig production project in the state of Nagaland, in northeast India, 2011

ILRI scientist Ram Deka (middle) distributes training manuals to Livestock Service Providers participating in an ILRI pig production project in the state of Nagaland, in northeast India, 2011.

The manuals provide easy-to-apply principles in improving pig management, feeding, and care to enhance yields. Farmers in areas where the project is implemented say the manuals are helping them to increase their production. Project staff have set up systems for collecting feedback from farmers and trainers so as to improve future editions of the manuals.

‘We hope these manuals will serve other countries as well,’ said Iain Wright, ILRI’s former representative in Asia. ‘This information can be adapted to make relevant training tools for smallholder pig farmers in other areas of the world where small-scale pig production systems are growing rapidly.’

Download manuals:

Training manual on smallholders’ pig management

http://mahider.ilri.org/bitstream/handle/10568/12533/TrainigManual_Pig.pdf?sequence=1

Training manual on veterinary first aid for pig

http://mahider.ilri.org/bitstream/handle/10568/12534/PigFirstAidSetting.pdf?sequence=1

Training manual on hygienic pork production and marketing

http://cgspace.cgiar.org/bitstream/handle/10568/12535/TrainingManual_Pork.pdf?sequence=1

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mugaya eric30-Apr-2012(3 years 9 months 7 days ago)

small production is on high increase but pigs die a lot during sunshine season.What could be the cause

Bikash chettri24-Sep-2012(3 years 4 months 13 days ago)

dear sir,
I woul like to start smaller pig farm in west Bengal but I don't no how i will manage everything like such food than after that where to export
so plese help me
thanks bikash chettri

rajesh kumar goonoo23-Jan-2016(14 days ago)

I am M Sc in zoology
I want to make this own main business. Is it profitable . how to start ? Where is market ? Essential topics to this farming. Training spots and period. Average profit per 100 kg . investment etc

Subhankar Ghosh25-Mar-2013(2 years 10 months 12 days ago)

A leading Business House in India plans to establish a Piggery with full vertical of breeding, curing, processing in collaboration with overseas partner to harness the huge sales potential in India. Interested ?

anand 21-Dec-2013(2 years 1 months 16 days ago)

i and my friend have 5 acres of land at village we jointly want to start pig farming. kindly advise and make arrangement for funds with bank for this

SATYA CHAKRABORTY20-Sep-2013(2 years 4 months 17 days ago)

DEAR SIR I WOULD LIKE TO START PIG FARM IN WESTBENGAL(MURSHIDABAD)BUT I DONT KNOW HOW WILL MANAGE EVERYTHING LIKE ROOM,FOOD,TRIETMENT ETC.SO PL. HELP ME

tohit khan23-Sep-2013(2 years 4 months 14 days ago)

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abhisek neogi22-Feb-2014(1 years 11 months 15 days ago)

I want to start a pig farm shortly at howrah. would you please tell me about market demand and where could I regularly despatch my production.

rashtra prakash sahu18-Mar-2014(1 years 10 months 19 days ago)

i need traing to farm piggery
send me sedual of taring in my mail id

neeraj20-May-2014(1 years 8 months 17 days ago)

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Subashis Halder01-Feb-2015(1 years 5 days ago)

cn u plz suggest me some ting as i wana start a new pork farm

SUBASHIS HALDER01-Feb-2015(1 years 5 days ago)

please tell me about market demand and where could I regularly despatch my production.

eria15-Jan-2016(22 days ago)

hi i have experience in pig breeding management i need a scholarship to train other farmers in my community on breeding management

subhasish03-Jun-2014(1 years 8 months 3 days ago)

i want to start a pig and goat farm near sundarban.plz guide me in whatever way you ppl feel necessary.

Leo07-Sep-2014(1 years 4 months 30 days ago)

I have experience in pig rearing but looking. for scholarship to acquire more knowledge and come back. and train other famers at my village. Many people here keep pigs but lack knowledge onclincluding myself.

flora12-Oct-2014(1 years 3 months 25 days ago)

Hello I have started on a similar project in my home province and am happy to read that in India this kind of program is in place to empower the rural people. Though my project is small, the ideology is the same so I would be happy to be in touch n get more technical advice from you. Am from Papua New Guinea.

Padmalochan Maiti30-Jan-2015(1 years 7 days ago)

I want to start a pig farm shortly at Geonkhali under Haldia sub division, Dist- East Midnapur,West Bengal. would you please tell me about market demand and where could I regularly despatch my production,and other all the details information please.

Mob No:08820392551

Subashis Halder01-Mar-2015(11 months 5 days ago)

I woul like to start smaller pig farm in west Bengal but I don't no how i will manage everything like such food than after that where to export
so plese help me

venkateswarareddy14-Apr-2015(9 months 23 days ago)

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Jitender05-Jul-2015(7 months 1 days ago)

Hello friends I am new in this business.I want to know whare to sell pigs..please suggest me
My no is 09254009103..

Biswajit Sen06-Jan-2016(1 months ago)

Please give details about selling pigs in west bengal & jharkhand area

S Kumar11-Jan-2016(26 days ago)

Sir Please inform about government training institute which is providing piggery training.
thanks
S. Kumar

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