A five-day pig farming training programme organised by the department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension education at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) culminated here on Saturday.
About 54 farmers, including many women farmers ,from various nooks of the state participated in the training programme.
RS Sahota, director, extension education, GADVASU, said, “We took the help of All India Radio (AIR), village sarpanches, head of village panchayats, and the university website to invite participants from different pockets of Punjab.”
“We have noticed that with the advancing time, farmers are taking keen interest in participating in these trainings organised for their welfare. Secondly, those who get trained here help disseminating the important information gained through these training programmes,” he added.
His team of experts advised the participants to have proper planning in connection to land, funds and availability of loans.
JS Bhatti, department head, veterinary and animal husbandry (extension education), said that experts from College of Veterinary Science delivered their lectures on various aspects of pig farming, adding that after getting such kinds of training from the university, the unemployed youth could start their own enterprise, which could help them provide the needed employment and “bring diversification in agriculture”.
The training remained packed with different theoretical and practical modules, throwing light on constructing cheap and comfortable sheds for pigs, ensuring hygiene, appropriate feeding, caring for their health and above all preventing them from various diseases.
HK Verma, course coordinator, shared that all participants showed great interest in learning advanced technicalities of the pig farming.
“The participants asked many questions in each session and were eager to grab knowledge as much as possible,” said Verma.
Appreciating the programme, the participants unanimously stated that such trainings must be organised on regular basis and every one should actively take part in these programmes to get a hands-on experience of the latest farming techniques.