Mathura, 24th January 2011
Shri Sharad Pawarji, Union Minister for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, visited Central Institute for Research on Goats, (ICAR), Makhdoom, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh on 24th January 2011. He visited the Jakhrana, Jamunapari and Barbari goat units and Muzaffarnagari Sheep units of the institute, and also the rumen microbiology, feed processing, male reproduction and IVF laboratories of the Institute. He had an interactive meeting with the farmers and scientists and also released the area specific mineral mixture technology developed by the institute. Shri Pawar expressed satisfaction on the quality animals being maintained by the Institute and suggested that knowledge sharing initiatives should be undertaken by the Institute to disseminate benefit of scientific goat rearing to the farmers. He told that good animals are available with the farmers but these are not properly utilized for breed improvement for want of proper recording of performance data. It is therefore crucial to register farmers for getting superior germplasm from field to experimental farms. He asked the CIRG to prepare a road map for state governments for goat breed improvement programme and develop effective vaccines and disease diagnostic technologies for disease free flock at farmers level to improve production in order to meet the domestic and export demands in terms of both quality and quantity of goat meat. He appreciated the CIRG technologies such as complete feed block, area specific mineral mixture, value added goat milk and meat products (Nimkee, Murukku and Pops), and herbal medicines. He congratulated the scientists for producing IVF kids at CIRG. While emphasizing need to develop goat gene/semen bank, he demanded that scientists should find out solution to combat goat diseases at farmers’ level. Shri Pawar advised scientists of CIRG to standardize basic framework of Artificial Insemination in goat so that same can be adopted by State Governments in their AI programmes already in vogue for cattle and buffaloes. He called state Agriculture and Veterinary Universities and mass media to popularize goat breeding programme. Shri Pawar was satisfied with the Kisan Help Line and the farmers training at the Institute but wanted vast coverage of such training programmes. He said that livestock production has become more knowledge-intensive, technology-led and demand-driven and asked the scientists to contribute accordingly. He was accompanied by Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary DARE and DG ICAR, Dr K.M.L.Pathak DDG (AS), and Dr C.S.Prasad, ADG (ANP) and a host of dignitaries notably Dr (Ms) Chanda Nimbkar from Phaltan and Ms Kadirbai from Baramati Maharashtra.
Dr S. Ayyappan, Secretary DARE and DG, ICAR complimented the efforts made by the scientists of CIRG, and indicated that the council is considering initiating outreach programme on goat production as it is the future animal. He said that invention of farmer- friendly technology would go a long way in sustainable livestock production and poverty alleviation.
Dr Devendra Swarup, Director, CIRG, informed that 18 patent applications have been filed by the Institute and many of these are in the final stage of award. He informed the august gathering that commercialization of technologies has been taken up on priority. Alquit, a herbal drug, has been already commercialized and is available in the market. Four other technologies are in the pipeline for commercialization.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Chanda Nimbkar, stressed the need to set up disease free multiplier flocks for production, maintenance and distribution of quality nucleus stock of improved goat breeds.