23-24 September 2016, Gandhinagar
The animal disease situation and monitoring and surveillance system in the country was reviewed during 24th Annual Review Meet of All India Coordinated Research Project on Animal Disease Monitoring and Surveillance of ICAR-National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics organized at Gandhinagar. The meet was jointly inaugurated by Dr. H. Rahman, Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi and Smt. Anju Sharma, Principal Secretary, Department of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Gujarat.
Dr. H. Rahman, in his inaugural address brieedf about the research activities undertaken by ICAR on disease monitoring, surveillance, control of the diseases and steps taken to prevent the entry of trans-boundary animal diseases in the country. He opined that holding such review meetings at National level will bring out a real epidemiological picture of livestock diseases for formulating effective control measures. He further expressed need for conservation of local breeds and benefits of A2 milk produced by indigenous cows of buffaloes of the country.
Smt Anju Sharma acknowledged the contributions made by ICAR and animal husbandry department in improving health status of the livestock in Gujarat. She stressed the need for farmer oriented programmes for economical upliftment and creation of market chain for livestock products including A2 milk.
Prof. M. C. Varshney, Vice-Chancellor, Kamdhenu University spoke about the need of systematic study of livestock diseases in the backdrop of intensive dairy farming and conservation of indigenous breeds.
Dr. Parmar, Additional Director, Department of Animal Husbandry, Gujarat informed the house about the various activities of the animal husbandry and veterinary department in the state of vibrant Gujarat.
The meeting was attended by 32 Principal Investigators of AICRP on ADMAS, senior officials of Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Government of Gujarat, dignitaries from Kamdhenu and Anand Agricultural Universities and scientists of ICAR-NIVEDI.
(Source: ICAR-National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics, Hebbal, Bengaluru)