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Youngsters find pig farming lucrative

Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 24

The state government may not be “inclined” towards promoting pig farming but educated youngsters, belonging to well-off families, find this industry lucrative. Graduates from New Delhi and Jammu have come to Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) here to learn about pig farming.

Jasveen Bajaj (23) and his younger brother, Manjyot Bajaj (21) from Delhi, feel that pig farming was a lucrative business with almost 200 per cent returns within span of 3-5 years in North India, South India and North-East.

A student of Delhi University, Jasveen said the cost of livestock (pig) was Rs 65-70 per kg in the market but after butchering, pig meat of exotic breeds was available for Rs 400. “When pig meat is exported, we can get up to Rs 800 per kg. China is the biggest market for pig meat. Besides, it is exported to US, Europe and Japan. Dimapur (Assam) has the biggest pig market in India. I am not interested in my family business, this is the best option for diversification for youngsters,” he said.

Another graduate from Jammu, Varun Chaudhry, said he had 48 pigs and several piglets at his farm near Jammu.

“The business is giving me good returns. We need to get proper awareness on this subject if we want to start pig farming as a commercial venture,” said Chaudhry.

An expert on pig farming from GADVASU, Dr AK Sohi, said in 1997, Punjab had 76,000 pigs but the number came down to 25,000 in 2007. “The political leaders, policy-makers stress on adopting dairy farming but no push is given to goat/pig farming. The state government needs to provide good slaughter-houses and better transport facilities for giving a boost to the industry,” said Dr Sohi.


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Farmers should jump on this and loads of other ideas and diversify away from the typical wheat, rice crops.

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