December 19, 2016,Patna
With the objective of ushering livestock productivity and to bring out state specific recommendations for Eastern region, an Interface Meeting of the committee formed by Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare under the chairmanship of Dr. H. Rahman, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), was convened on December 19, 2016 at ICAR Research Complex for Eastern Region, Patna.
The Interface Meeting on Documentation of Technologies and Development of Road Map for Livestock and Poultry sectors in Eastern region was attended by Shri R.P. Singh, Member Governing Body, ICAR; Prof. Purnendu Biswas, (VC, West Bengal University of Animal and Fisheries Sciences); Prof. S. Pasupalak (VC, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology); Dr. R. C. Srivastava (VC, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University); senior officials from ICAR and Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; and Deans, Directors of Research and Scientists of various State Agricultural Universities and ICAR institutes.
Dr. Rahman highlighted the initiatives undertaken by ICAR for the development and strengthening the livestock and poultry sectors for improving livelihood of particularly small and marginal farmers in the region. He also mentioned that an improved pig variety, Jharsuk and a poultry variety, Jharsim have been released by ICAR for meeting the demand for improved germplasm of the region. He also assured all technical support to the state agricultural universities and state animal husbandry and veterinary departments in their endeavours for doubling the income of the farmers.
The deliberations in the meeting primarily centred on improving productivity of different species of livestock and poultry reared by farmers in the region. The challenges confronted in the Eastern region in augmenting the productivity, and the possible solutions available with ICAR and SAUs with the technologies developed by these institutions were discussed.
Need based interventions in animal breeding, animal nutrition especially in fodder productivity, and animal health components were deliberated in the meeting. Developing adequate infrastructure in creating germplasm centres, promoting suitable indigenous breeds for the region, strategies to make improved fodder seeds available to livestock farmers and planning for covering more numbers of the livestock population under immunization were discussed elaborately.
The action plans were finalized with respect to each state to be taken up by the concerned state departments for follow-up actions.
(Source: Animal Science Divisions, ICAR New Delhi)