Pig farm in Jalpaiguri eyes exports

At present, around 100 white pigs are being reared at the piggery

By Our Correspondent in Jalpaiguri
  • Published 11.11.18, 4:11 AM
  • Updated 11.11.18, 4:11 AM
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The piggery at Mohitnagar in Jalpaiguri Telegraph picture

The state government has started a piggery at Mohitnagar in Jalpaiguri on a public-private-partnership model and is looking at exports to Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim apart from Bengal districts.

A piggery is a farm where pigs are bred or kept.

The West Bengal Livestock Development Corporation (WBLDC) in association with a private organisation has set up the farm at a cost of around Rs 3 crore.

At present, around 100 white pigs are being reared at the piggery.

“There is good demand of white pigs across Bengal and in Sikkim and its neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bhutan,” said Siddharth Rai, an entrepreneur, who is associated with the farm.

“We are looking to export the pigs in these countries from January next year,” Rai added.

Sources said vets have been posted at the farm to carry out routine medical check and administer vaccines on time to ensure that the pigs are healthy.

The WBLDC chairman, Anantadeb Adhikary, said all necessary infrastructures have been put up at the farm.

“A pump station with a water reservoir — holding a capacity of 10,000 litres — power supply and proper drainage system has been provided at the farm,” Adhikary said.

The state official added that if any other individuals express interest in piggery, the government would provide them with necessary training.