Facilitating Farmers

A summit on Livestock and Poultry in Guwahati by the Indian Chamber of Commerce promises to open new doors to the stakeholders in the sector

Pork, fish, eggs, meat and milk form part of the staple food of the people of the Northeast India 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.

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Considering all these issues Indian Chamber of Commerce (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 associated with the Ministry of Food Processing and Industries, Government of India to organize the Livestock and Poultry India Summit in Guwahati  at Hotel Nakshatra, Beltola on February 22, 2013 at Guwahati 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 andlivestock and poultry and dairy sector,

Following are the focused sector of the summit

Livestock – National livestock policy, breed improvement, farm practices & livelihood

Poultry – hatchery practices, processing, yield, competitive feed / fodder etc

Meat Processing – modern abattoirs, high tech slaughtering, optimizing output

Dairying – milk production optimization, dairy processing, infrastructure & marketing

The dignitaries who will be present on the occasion include Bibekananda Dalai, Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Government of Assam, Bharat Chandra Narah , Press Advisor to Chief Minister, Government of Assam, Dr. Rajeev Singh ; Director General , Indian Chamber of Commerce. 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 Guwahati 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.

India is otherwise known as the Oyster of the global dairy industry being the highest milk producer in the entire globe, with opportunities galore to the entrepreneurs globally but the potential market of the Northeast is yet to be explored. 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. As such the important Dairy Session’s speakers and Experts are K C Samria, IAS , State Project Director ARIAS Society and Project Coordinator, AACP, Dr. R Deka, Scientist cum Regional Head (North East India) International Livestock Research Institute, Prof. A K Bandyopadhyay; Chairman Indian Dairy Association, East Zone, Kolkata , Mr. Arbind Kumar, Manager West Assam Milk Producers Cooperative Union Limited (WAMUL), Ranjib Sharma; Executive Chairman, Sita Jakhala Dugdha Utpadak Samabai Samiti Limited and Bishnu Upadhyay, Economic Advisor of SJDUS

Experts and Speakers of Poultry Session are Session Chair: Dr. Nirmal Baruah, Ex. Professor & HeadDepartment of Poultry Science, College of Veterinary Science, Assam , Dr. N. Muhindro Singh, Krishi Vigyan Kendra-Sylvan, Hengbung, Senapati District, Manipur, Dr. Mahendra PS, Deputy Director, Central Poultry Development Organisation & Training Institute, Bangalore, Dr. S. S. Dey General Manager – WB Suguna Foods Ltd. Dr. R N Chatterjee Director, Project Directorate on Poultry, ICAR, Hyderabad , Dr. S. Ganesan, Assistant Director, Central Poultry Development Organisation, Northern Region, Chandigarh while the livestock session will attended by Rakesh Banga ; Polar Genetics, Canada, Dr. Abdus Saleque; Principal Scientist , Goat Research Station, Burnihat, Dr. R N Borpujari , Principal Scientist, Department of Livestock Production Technology, College of Veterinary Sciences, Assam, Mr. Pratap Bhosale, Director , Semex-Provet Genetics (I) Pvt. Ltd., Dr. Swaraj Rajkhowa, Senior Scientist (Veterinary Medicine), National Research Centre on Pig, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) as speakers.

The second day of the Farmer’s Meet will focus on Pig and will aim to enhance and develop the condition of 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 employment generation mode and poverty alleviation. It will be chaired by  Dr. Madan Tamuli, Principal Scientist, National Research Centre on Pig Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Co-Chairman Dr. Mohan N. H; Senior Scientist and Incharge, Technology Management Unit National Research Centre on Pig, Indian Council of Agricultural Research along with distinguished panelists Dr. R Deka , Director , International Livestock Research Institute , Dr. Ranjit Roychoudhury; Head – Department of Livestock Production & Management College of Veterinary Sciences, Assam, Dr. Purnananda Konwar, General Manager Assam Livestock & Poultry Corporation (ALPCO), Anabil Goswami; Head, Strategy and Business Development Arohan Foods.

This summit plans to touch upon pertinent issues of the farmers and appeal to all stakeholders including poultry and livestock business owners.