31st August 2016, Hyderabad
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) laid the foundation stone of ‘Animal House’ at ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad here today.
Dr. Mohapatra, while addressing the scientists and staff of the Directorate appreciated the Institute activities including chicken varieties developed by the Directorate and advised to utilize the new facility being created at the new campus to cater the need of the farmers. He emphasized on doing advanced research for augmenting performance of the pureline. He accentuated to conduct research in basic sciences exploring relationship between gene and traits in local non-descript and native Indigenous chicken breeds so that ultimately, the information can be utilized to augment their productivity and to popularize the breeds at their home tracts. He also stressed upon the commercialization of the technologies developed at the Institute.
Later on, he released an Institute publication on ‘A practical manual on gene silencing in poultry’.
Dr. H. Rahman, Deputy Director General (Animal Science) appreciated the Institute activities highlighting the role of the Institute in popularizing the backyard poultry in the country. He illustrated the role of emerging and re-emerging poultry diseases in the country and stressed upon the need for development of combined vaccines for various viral diseases in chicken.
Dr. J.K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fishery Science) emphasized the need of integrated farming involving fish and poultry for economic upliftment of the rural farmers.
Earlier, Dr. R.N. Chatterjee, Director, ICAR-DPR, Hyderabad highlighted the significant achievements of the Institute. He delineated the contribution of the AICRP and Seed project centres in development of chicken varieties utilizing local germplasm and upliftment of the economy of the rural marginal farmers through rearing of these chicken varieties.
Dr. Mohapatra was accompanied by Dr. H. Rahman, Deputy Director General (Animal Science); Dr. J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fishery Science); Directors of local ICAR institutes, Dr. V. Prabhakar Rao, former Vice Chancellor, SVVU, Tirupati; Dr. A. Padma Raju, former Vice Chancellor, ANGRAU, Hyderabad; Dr. R.P. Sharma, former Director, PDP and other distinguished dignitaries.
Directors and senior officials of local ICAr Institutes and Agricultural Universities participated in the event.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad)