07-20 February, KVK Namakkal
Krishi Vigyan Kendra located at Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu conducted International Training Programme ‘Smallholder Livestock and Commercial Poultry Farming” under Indo-African Forum Summit during 07-20 February 2011 at KVK Campus. The programme was sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India. A total of 13 participants working in Ministry of Agriculture and Allied fields from Nigeria, Sudan, Namibia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mali, Ghana and Kenya attended the programme. Out of 13 five were women partcipants
During 15 days programme, 27 topics were covered mainly related to 11 broad areas viz., cattle, sheep & goat; broiler; layer; alternative poultry; piggery; rabbit; ethno veterinary medicine; meat technology; livestock feed mill; livestock & poultry service providers/advisors and livestock & poultry farm waste management. Visit to poultry units, hatcheries in and around Namakkal district, which is the highest producer of poultry products in India and visit to College of Veterinary & Animal Science, Thrissur, Kerala were the other attractions. In these sessions 14 farmers contributed their practical experience as resource persons.
Different technologies related to replicable small scale feed mill units, importance of feed analytical laboratory, role of PDDSL to control poultry diseases, impact of weather on poultry, effective disposal of soil and liquid waste for eco-friendly farming were explained to the trainees.
Overall, the participants were exposed to replicable small, medium and large scale dairy, sheep, goat, broiler, layer, piggery and rabbit farming enterprises during the programme.
The highlight of the programme is the presentation by five groups on the application of technologies learnt during the programme in their respective countries on the following topics.
- Alternative poultry for Nigeria
- Broiler farming suitable for Africa
- Innovations learnt in India and possible technological transfer in dairy production
- Technologies learnt and possible interventions back home on sheep and goat farming.
- Technologies to be adopted in layers farming in Africa
(Source: Zonal Project Directorate - Zone VIII)