Anand 27th July, 2012
Interface of KVKs of Zone-VI held at Anand Agricultural University, Anand on 27th July 2012. Dr BS Prakash, ADG (AN&P), ICAR, New Delhi in his inaugural address pointed out that infertility is the major problem in livestock in our country i.e. about 30 to 50% of livestock population. Efficient reproduction is the prerequisite for milk production. Therefore, it is very essential to reduce the incidence of infertility in livestock in order to have high milk production from animals. Dr Prakash called upon all the Gujarat KVKs to work on recently developed livestock technology (NDRI) transfer at grass-root level in order to benefit the marginal and smallholder livestock owners.
Dr AM Shekh, Vice Chancellor, Anand Agricultural University, Anand in his presidential address expressed his satisfaction over lead role being played by the KVKs and the linkage between the KVKs and the line departments for meeting the technical needs of the farmers at district level. He further informed that livestock sector of Gujarat has contributed significantly towards GDP which is the highest in the country. Dr Shekh emphasized the role of KVKs in livestock technology assessment, refinement, demonstration and also empowering the small and marginal farmers in Gujarat state.
Dr. PP Patel, Director Extension Education, Anand welcomed all the participants; while Dr YV Singh, Zonal Project Director, Zone-VI, Jodhpur briefed about the livestock growth and salient achievements of Gujarat KVKs under Zone-VI, which is highly affected with arid and semi-arid climatic conditions. He further assured that the livestock technology developed by NDRI will be transferred at grass-root level in order to reduce the infertility problem in Gujarat state which would improve the economic status of the livestock owners.
ZPD, Zone VI, Dr. Y.V. Singh stressed the need to work in collaboration with line department, dairy personnel, NDDB, AMUL and ATMA to address the issues related to infertility for making animals productive. KVKs being knowledge resource centre in the district have to provide technical know-how to all the stakeholders in the district.
Directors of Extension from Gujarat (Anand, Dantiwada, Junagadh, Navsari), Scientists from ZPD, Zone-VI, Professors from Dairy Science College, AAU, Anand, Directorate of Extension, Officials from Department of Animal Husbandry, officials from NDDB, AMUL and SMS (Animal Science or Veterinary Science)/ Programme Coordinators of 28 KVKs of Gujarat have participated in the workshop and discussed in detail about strategies for livestock fertility improvement.
(Source: Zonal Project Directorate, Zone-VI, Jodhpur)