26th May 2016, Tadong, Gangtok
ICAR-National Organic Farming Research Institute, Tadong, Gangtok organised two- day ‘Annual Review Meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Poultry Breeding and Poultry Seed Project’. The meet was organized to review the progress made in poultry breeding and poultry seed project operating at 24 Centres across the country.
In his inaugural address, Dr. P. Senthil Kumar, IFS, Special Secretary, RMDD, Govt. of Sikkim, expressed his willingness to have good association with various ICAR institutes for developing the organic veterinary sector in Sikkim. He said that rural backyard poultry will be the solution in future to meet the increasing demand for egg and poultry meat and requested the scientists to work more on backyard poultry sector for improving the nutritional and livelihood security in rural areas.
Dr. R. S. Gandhi, ADG (AP&B), ICAR emphasised the need for proper hygiene and overall management for higher return from poultry sector.
Earlier, Dr. R. K. Avasthe, Joint Director, ICAR, Sikkim Centre assured the house that Institute will contribute to State’s mission for animal sector conversion into fully organic in due course of time.
Dr R. N. Chatterjee, Director, Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad briefed the house that aim of the project is to develop location specific varieties to meet the egg and poultry meat requirement of different regions in India. He said that DPR, Hyderabad has developed different varieties in poultry; however, Vanaraja is the most popular and has huge demand across the country.
The two-day meet comprised of inaugural session and five technical sessions on various aspects viz., poultry breeding, nutrition, health, management and production and distribution of Vanaraja DOC in various States of India.
A total of 35 scientists from various ICAR institutes and State veterinary colleges participated and presented their yearly progress report.
Dr. U. Raj Kumar, Principal Scientist, DPR, Hyderabad proposed the vote of thanks.
(Source: ICAR-National Organic Farming Research Institute, Tadong)