Poultry production in India has emerged as one of the fast growing sectors among various livestock based vocations as evident from its transformation from traditional backyard rearing to organized commercial farming over the last four decades. This sector comprises of low, medium and high input/ output systems of rearing and is providing employment to over 7 million people, apart from household income and nutritional security to numerous small poultry keepers in rural and tribal areas of the country. It contributes about 0.5 % to the national GDP and about 10% to the livestock GDP. Technological support is, therefore, crucial for the sustained growth of the poultry sector.
Central Avian Research Institute(CARI) was established on the 2nd November, 1979 at Izatnagar, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh under the aegis of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to provide all-round support to the growth of poultry sector. Since its inception, this Institute has been playing an important role by providing need based R&D support for diversified poultry production, processing and marketing, apart from Post-graduate education, training and technology transfer activities for augmenting productivity, production and profitability of the Indian poultry sector. The Institute remains responsive and vigilant to the ever evolving needs of the poultry sector through development of cutting edge technologies targeting specific problems faced by the industry. The R&D accomplishments of the Institute have been widely acclaimed as evident from a long list of prestigious national and international awards and laurels the Institute has been adorned with. Moreover, the Institute has been continuously updating and reorienting its R&D focus abreast with the latest developments taking place globally and in accordance with the changing needs of the domestic poultry sector.