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Naga people and pork: the saga continues
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR:
Published on 4 Jan. 2010 11:10 PM IST
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Any Naga feast without pork is incomplete and the demand for it only sees an upswing every year, especially during the month of December and January. According to one butcher, nearly 300 hundred pigs were slaughtered in Dimapur alone for the month of December 2009 and first week of January 2010. Interestingly, these are only the supply pigs each weighing approximately 90 kgs each while most of the pigs butchered during this season are the ones domesticated at homes. From this rough estimated figure, one can only gauge how much money is spend by our people for buying pork in Dimapur alone. Another economic factor to be taken into account is that most of pigs are imported from other states which reflect a situation whereby only a fraction of the market demand is supplied locally during the ‘lean’ season from February till November. Come Thursday, even the weekly market in the nearby Khatkhati town is swarmed with Naga’s vying for the best portion of the pork. It is also a point to ponder whether the pork of Assam is tastier or it’s the price factor, which many vouch, is quite reasonable. Some of the old customers of this weekly market however laments that the price have skyrocketed seeing the rush of Naga people. “The prices of the pork have shot up from Rs 80 a kilo to 100 rupees. Even the cost of the piglets has gone up with little or no bargain” adds one. While all these above points are from the economic point of view, for all those health conscious ones, it has been a complete ‘No’, with high level of cholesterol and fat being the deterrent. Pork is a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Selenium, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus and Zinc. Preparation Serving Size Carbs Fiber (g) Fat (g) Energy (kj) Bacon - grilled 1 Rasher (34g) 0 0 1.5 200 Chinese-style - barbecued 100g 3.5 3 15 980 Belly - untrimmed, grilled 100g 0 0 22 1250 Butterfly Steak - lean, grilled 100g 0 0 4.5 675 Butterfly Steak - untrimmed, grilled 100g 0 0 17.5 1090 Crackling 30g 0 0 9 610 Pork Fillet - lean, baked 100g 0 0 5 710 Forequarter chop - lean, grilled 1 (95g) 0 0 7.5 720 Forequarter chop - untrimmed, grilled 1 (100g) 0 0 28.5 1440 Leg - lean, roasted 2 slices (95g) 0 0 4 685 Leg - with fat, roasted 2 slices (100g) 0 0 26.5 1420 Leg Schnitzel - lean, grilled 1 (100g) 0 0 3.5 655 Leg Schnitzel - untrimmed, grilled 1 (100g) 0 0 6 720 Loin Chop - lean, grilled 1 (100g) 0 0 5.5 730 Loin Chop - untrimmed, grilled 1 (100g) 0 0 30 1520 Medallion Steak - lean, grilled 1 small (100g) 0 0 5.5 785 Medallion Steak - untrimmed, grilled 1 small (100g) 0 0 22.5 1290 Pork Spare Ribs 100g 0 0 10 480 But whatever be the health consequences be, the saga of Naga people with the pork will always continue.

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