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Canadian firm to boost pig farming

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, February 11, 2013
First Published: 20:47 IST(11/2/2013) | Last Updated: 20:54 IST(11/2/2013)

A hectare is enough for a farmer to set up a piggery farm with all logistic support, right from animals to genetic expertise from overseas.

With this offer, a Canadian firm on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its Chandigarh-based sister concern Polar Genetics India Private Limited to bring highly profitable modern pig farming to India, starting from Punjab.

The Alberta-based Polar Genetics Inc would first supply frozen boar semen and then live pigs to farmers to cater to the pork market both at the retail end as well as to food outlets in Delhi, other metropolitan cities and the Northeast.

Punjab presently has about 160 piggery farms, all catering to the demand for exports, besides fulfilling the market needs in northeastern states.

Under the MoU, the Canadian firm would supply its Indian partner high-quality frozen, genetically-improved boar semen, technologies and management systems to be shared with farmers to make the entire process of breeding and slaughter of pigs, and processing and marketing of pork hygienic and scientific.

"Punjab has huge potential for piggery farms, given the logistic support from the Punjab Livestock Development Board in terms of subsidy and farm loan and the expertise from Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana," Polar Genetics Inc president Alfred Wahl said on the occasion.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Scott Slessor, Canadian consulate general, Chandigarh; and Gurbans Sobti, Canadian consulate trade commissioner.

Polar Genetics India Pvt Ltd CEO Darshan Singh Bal acknowledged that there were hurdles for pig breeders in getting support from the livestock board in terms of extension of subsidy and other benefits. He, however, hailed the logistic expertise provided by GADVASU to pig breeders in the state.

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