6th March 2017, Umiam
A new pig variety Lumsniang was released on 06.03.2017 at ICAR RC for NEH Region, Umiam, Shillong by Dr. H Rahman, Deputy Director General (Animal Science) ICAR, New Delhi. The variety has been developed by crossing Khasi local pig (Niang Megha) with Hampshire. He praised the efforts of scientists, research workers and other staff of ICAR, Umiam for the release of the much needed climate smart Lumsniang variety for the farmers of Meghalaya. Congratulating the team involved the development of the crossbred variety, Dr. R S Gandhi, Assistant Director General (AP&B), ICAR, New Delhi detailed the importance of piggery in livelihood generation in the state. Dr. D.K. Sarma, Director ICAR – NRC Pig requested the State A.H. and Veterinary Department officials to develop state pig breeding policy for adopting improved variety in large scale. Dr. S V Ngachan, the Director of the Institute emphasized on increasing popularity of this variety beyond Meghalaya to the other states of North East. The Director, ATARI; Zone III, Dr. B C Deka suggested the propagation of developed variety through KVKs located in the states. Dr. Vineet Bhasin, Principal Scientist, ICAR, New Delhi; Shri B. K. Sohliya, OSD, Meghalaya Institution of Enterpreneurship & In-Charge Piggery Mission, Govt. of Meghalaya also gave valuable remarks and congratulated the team.
Dr. G Kadirvel Head, Livestock Production Division and Principal Investigator of All India Coordinated Research Project on Pig, Meghalaya Unit briefed about the Lumsniang pig variety, where ‘Lum’ means ‘Hill’ and ‘Niang’ means ‘pig’. The pig variety has better adaptability in hill ecosystem, climate resilient traits including the body physiology suitable to hill ecosystem, promising growth rate and feed conservation efficiency, good mothering ability with higher litter size at the time of birth and weaning, good carcass quality and consumer preference in the region. Another key feature of the pig variety is suitable for low input tribal production/backyard pig production system. The pig variety attained higher body weight of 90-100 kg at 12 months of age, besides higher litter size at weaning as compared to local non-descriptive pigs (8.56±0.77 Vs 5.23±0.54) in the low input tribal production system. The programme was concluded with distribution of this varieties to the progressive farmers from Meghalaya.
(Source: ICAR-Animal Science Div. New Delhi)