Gangtok, December 10: The workshop on Feasibility of Piggery Farming through Cooperatives for Cooperative Inspectors and Cooperative Auditors of Cooperation Department was held at Gram Prasashan Kendra, Assam Lingzey on 9th December. The programme was organized by Sikkim State Cooperative Union (SICUN) in collaboration with the Cooperation Department.
Hon’ble Chairman, Excise Department, Shri Gangza Bhutia attended the workshop as the Chief Guest and the Panchayat President, Assam Lingzey GPU Shri Ganesh Chettri as the Guest of Honour. The workshop was also attended by RCS, Cooperation Department Ms. Jabi Thapa, and Addl. RCS, Cooperation Department Ms. Karma Ongmu as the special guest. DRCS, Cooperation Department, Shri Indra Mani Adhikari, ARCS, Cooperation Department, Shri Atish Rai, and VO, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department, Dr. Tshering Dolma were the Resource Persons.
Hon’ble Chairman, Excise Department while addressing the gathering said that the idea of piggery farming is more productive for the farmers as in comparison to another livestock rearing. He also stressed that to uplift the economic condition of people at grass root level, the Government Officials during their field visit or survey should try to identify the problems, grievances and take up to the State Government for an inclusive solution.
RCS Cooperation Department Ms. Jabi Thapa highlighted that the main focus of the workshop was to tap the huge potential of piggery farming in the North East region. Under RKVY 2019-20, the department submitted a project for training and awareness programme for cooperative societies under piggery farming which was approved and sanctioned in March 2020. Due to pandemic, the implementation got delayed. She stated that the entrepreneurship is the biggest problem in piggery sector, which is the reason that inspite of high demand for pork in our State, an only small portion of it is being met through local production, the majority of it is being imported from outside the state. She added that the idea behind having this training was to bring piggery farming under the cooperative sector and make it into a profitable venture and attract farmers to take up piggery farming.
On the second half of the programme, VO, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Department, Dr. Tshering Dolma gave a brief outline on Pig Breeding and Management. DRCS, Cooperation Department Shri Indra Mani Adhikari discussed many issues with the field Officers regarding various schemes to be implemented by the Department.
Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer, SICUN Shri Karma Gelay Bhutia presented the welcome address. The programme was conducted by Shri Phadung Bhutia, EO, SICUN.
After the workshop, the officials also visited Pig Breeding Farm at Assam Gaucharan.