Pakyong, May 25 (IPR): The Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Department successfully concluded a three-day training programme on Livestock & Poultry Production & Management under the National Livestock Mission at the Rurban Community Hall. The training was aimed at educating farmers on various aspects of livestock and poultry production.
The training covered a wide range of topics related to dairy milk processing, deworming and vaccination, antibiotic usage, sensitivity and resistance, livestock breeds and crossbreeding policies, poultry production, farm management, farm economics, and record keeping.
During the three-day session, participants were familiarised with various state and central schemes implemented by the Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Department. The training shed light on schemes such as the Cattle Insurance Scheme and the Free Insurance Scheme, which offer substantial subsidies for both Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) milk union suppliers. Notably, BPL holders receive a 90% subsidy, while APL members enjoy a 70% subsidy.
Furthermore, the department highlighted incentive programmes like the Rs 8 per litre scheme in Milk Producers Cooperative Societies (MPCS), as well as the Piggery and Porcine Incentive Schemes.
Dr. Prerna Baraily, Deputy Director, delivered a presentation on Ethno Veterinary Practices, highlighting the importance of traditional knowledge in animal healthcare and their effectiveness in treating and preventing livestock diseases. The presentation shed light on the importance of preserving and utilising indigenous knowledge in animal healthcare.
Dr. Kinchokla Bhutia, JD Pakyong, shared insights on optimal feeding schedules, suitable fodder crops, and the process of silage making. The presentation aimed to improve the nutritional intake and overall health of livestock and poultry, thereby enhancing productivity.
Furthermore, Dr. Tshering Dolma Bhutia, Deputy Director, shed light on common livestock diseases, focusing on their prevention and control measures. The presentation specifically addressed diseases such as Classical Swine Fever (CSF) and African Swine Fever, providing valuable insights to the farmers and raising awareness about a viral disease called lumpy skin disease. Farmers were provided with valuable insights and guidance on how to prevent and manage this disease effectively, ensuring the health and well-being of their livestock.
Dr. Sunita Gajmer, JD M.N.Q.C, also contributed to the programme by briefing the participants on livestock production and value addition. She encouraged the farmers to promote their products in the market, thereby enhancing the profitability of their livestock businesses.
The training programme culminated with the distribution of certificates to the participating farmers, recognising their successful completion of the programme. Additionally, the farmers were provided with a helpline number (1962) to contact mobile veterinary doctors for any assistance they may require in the future.
Present during the training session were Mr. Bishal Tiwari, AD Dairy, Dr. Tashi Chozang Bhutia, AD Small Ruminants, Dr. Indira Pradhan, AD Extensions & Training Cell, Dr. Anjala Pradhan, AD Pakyong, Dr. Emila Sengha, JD Sirwani, Dr. Bhagiratha Sharma, V.O.; and thirty farmers actively participated in the training, making it a highly interactive and informative event.