Guwahati, May 9 : As a follow up of Livestock and Poultry India Summit organized by Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in here during the month of February, a Canadian delegation Tuesday discussed issues relating to swine breeding in Northeast India.
The Canadian delegation included Senior Veterinarian Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Charlene Harradine; Counsellor, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canadian High Commission in India, Kathleen Donohue; President, Polar Genetics Canada, Alfred Wahl and Business Development Manager, Polar Genetics India, Sikandar Singh.
The Delegation on their arrival in here, went to National Research Centre on Pig at Rani and met Director NRC-P, Dilip Sharma and Principal Scientist, Madan Tamuli and officials of NRC-P.
Later the team arrived at ICC North east Regional Office, Guwahati and had an interaction on Swine Breeding with Assam government representatives and other stakeholders.
Dr. Charlene Herradine made her deliberations on swine breeding and bio-security protocols and shared her presentations with officials and said that she is interested in having an exchange of views on swine breeding in India.
In her speech, Kathleen Donohue said, "These efforts are to help advance a breeding project under the National Mission on Protein to advance swine breeding in India, particularly the North East."
"Under the MoU between Canada (AAFC) and India (MoA) in Agriculture Cooperation, we have proposed a Swine Value-Chain project which is focused on providing technical assistance and swine genetics to establish a boar station and Artificial Insemination centre for swine breeding purposes," Donohue added.
Director, Department of AH&V, Assam Govt., Mrinmoy Das spoke on the possibilities of setting up of boar station and AI centre in Guwahati catering the state while Director, NRC on Pig, Dilip Sharma was of the opinion that eight northeastern states should have separate unit.
ICC will play a role of nodal agency for Canada in implement the project as agreed up in Tuesday's meeting.
Sr. Asstt. Director ICC, Anuradha Goswami urged the Canadian team to invite Northeast Indian for expertise study packaged tour so the eight NE states can travel and get hands on experience and she offered ICC to be nodal chamber in co-coordinating organizing the tour.