2nd December 2013, Nabha
Central Institute for Research on Buffalo (CIRB), Hisar organized Nili Ravi Buffalo Mela on 26th Foundation Day at CIRB Sub-Campus, Nabha.
Dr. K.M.L. Pathak, Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR inaugurated the Mela as Chief Guest. He highlighted the importance of indigenous breeds of livestock and appreciated the role of Punjab farmers for their enormous contribution towards food and nutritional security through high-tech agricultural and livestock farming. Nili Ravi buffalo is native to Punjab and plays a significant role in fulfilling the requirement of milk and dairy products in the region. Dr. Pathak also praised CIRB for establishing strong linkages with the farmers and providing scientific inputs for efficient buffalo production and breeding. He suggested for greater incentives to farmers contributing to Nili Ravi germplasm conservation and improvement.
Dr. R.K. Singh, Director, NRC on Equines was the Guest of Honour on the occasion.
In his remark, Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Director, CIRB acknowledged the hard work by the CIRB scientists and staff for achieving unparalleled health and production performance of the Nili Ravi herd at sub-campus.
Dr. Raman Malik, Officer In-Charge of the sub-campus highlighted the increasing interest and enthusiasm of Punjab farmers towards modern farming technologies in general and Nili Ravi buffalo breeding in particular.
The centre is dedicated to conservation and improvement of Nili Ravi and superior dairy buffalo breed like Murrah breed of buffaloes.
Buffalo farmers, breeders and the dairy entrepreneurs from adjoining areas of Punjab and Haryana participated in the Mela and showcased their pride possession of Nili Ravi germplasm.
(Source: CIRB, Hisar)