24th October 2016, Ranchi
A new improved crossbred variety of pig namely JAHRSUK has been released by Dr. H. Rahman, Deputy Director General (Animal Science) today at Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi. In his address, Dr Rahman, congratulated the team involved in the development of fast-growing crossbred pig variety and gave emphasis on pig farming over other livestock for quick economic return. He later distributed “JHARSUK” piglets to pig farmers and released few publications.
Dr. D.K. Sarma, Director, NRC on Pig, said pig is a fast growing sector in the country and there are lots of scopes and opportunities for rural, unemployed and landless or marginal farmers for improving their socio economic status through this sector.
‘JHARSUK’ was developed by AICRP on Pig, BAU, Ranchi. It has superiority in various economic traits over desi pigs. It was developed by crossing Tamworth, a British pig and local one having 50% inheritances of both, thereafter inter-se-mating and by continuous selection for several generations on the basis of black colour, faster growth and better reproductive performances. The variety can gain approximately 80 kg body weight at slaughter age of 8-10 months. It can produce 8-12 piglets in each farrowing with two farrowing each year. This variety has widely been validated in farmers’ field.
Dr. N M Kulkarni, Vice-chancellor, BAU, Senior Officials from ICAR Headquarters graced the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-National Research Centre on Pig, Guwahati)