From Our Correspondent
Guwahati: The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in association with the Ministry of Food Processing and Industries, Government of India, is organizing the LIVESTOCK and POULTRY INDIA Summit in Guwahati on February 22 (Friday).
Pork , fish, eggs, meat and milk form part of the staple food of the people of the North East as such poultry farming and pig rearing also provide gainful employment. However, these are largely confined to backyard rearing and commercialization is yet to make a dent in the region.
In addition to this, there is lack of advanced technology, inadequate cold storage facilities and processing equipment, particularly at the farm level, act as a major constraint in enabling this sector to take a quantum jump in production and productivity.
Considering all these factors ICC, the nodal chamber for the Northeastern states strongly felt that a big and strong platform is required for all stakeholders to share knowledge, technology and provide market linkages so has associated with the Ministry of Food Processing and Industries to organize the LIVESTOCK and POULTRY INDIA Summit in Guwahati at Hotel Nakshatra , Beltola on February 22 and a hands on training and farmers’ meet on piggery at the National Research Centre on Pig, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Rani, Kamrup Assam.
The main objective of the summit is strengthening forward-backward linkages, modernization of processing technology, cold chain logistics, capacity building, research & development, fostering innovation and market development in the dairy and livestock and poultry and dairy sector,
Following are the focused sector of the summit
Ø Livestock – National livestock policy, breed improvement, farm practices & livelihood
Ø Poultry – hatchery practices, processing, yield, competitive feed / fodder etc
Ø Meat Processing – modern abattoirs, high tech slaughtering, optimizing output
Ø Dairying – milk production optimization, dairy processing, infrastructure & marketing
Ms. Kathleen Donohue, Counsellor (Agriculture & Agrifood) High Commission of Canada in India will formally inaugurate the two-day seminar-cum-farmer’s interaction meet at 10.30am in and address the delegates, entrepreneurs and stakeholders. Mr. V Maruthi Ram , Chief General Manager , NABARD , Dr. R N Goswami , Dean, College of Veterinary Sciences, Assam are speakers of the inaugural session.
The dairy industry in India has been witnessing rapid growth with the liberalized economy provides more opportunities for local dairy farmers and milk producers to release the full potential of this industry in this region. The Northeast region boasts of national award winning Sitajhakala Dugdh Utpadak Samabai Samity, WAMUL, DIMUL, KOMUL, Sikkim Co-Operative Milk Producers’ Union.
The summit aims to discuss Northeast India’s dairy industry to better manage the local resources to enhance milk production and upgrade milk processing using innovative technologies
The 2nd day Farmers’ Meet at NRC on Pig aims at the development and better livelihood of the farmers and introduce latest innovative research for enhanced pork production.
In a way, this is to motivate and encourage the rural population to take up pig farming as an employment generation mode and poverty alleviation.