7th November 2012, New Delhi
Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation inaugurated International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Partnership Dialogue on “Livestock, Research and Development”. While delivering the inaugural address, he appreciated the efforts of the ICAR and ILRI in the field of livestock development in India and other countries. He emphasized upon four issues which may be taken up for developing and strengthening collaboration between two institutions. Conservation of biodiversity and genetic resources in livestock is the foremost issue which needs to be addressed in view of the continuous threats. Nutrition, climate change and development of human resources are the other concerns for immediate and anticipatory action, he added. He suggested development of integrated crop-livestock farming system and adoption of naturally bio-fortified foods for enhancing nutritional status of the Indian population.
Dr. Jimmy Smith, Director General, ILRI highlighted the efforts of ICAR in the livestock sector and hoped strengthening of research and development through collaborative initiatives. He said white revolution is led by demand in livestock products which help ensure elevation of nutritional status in the population.
Dr. K.M.L. Pathak, Deputy Director General, Animal Science, ICAR presented a brief on livestock wealth of India highlighting their important role in supporting rural families and contribution in the agricultural GDP which is nearly 27 percent. He said over the years livestock has emerged as an independent entity and may be regarded as the main sector in place of an allied sector of agriculture. He emphasized the need of a livestock revolution in the country for prosperity.
Earlier, Dr. Purvi Mehta-Bhatt, Head, ILRI-Asia Region welcomed the dignitaries and outlined the main feature of ILRI-ICAR partnership dialogue. Apart from presentation by leader in the government, research organizations, industry and NGOs, three thematic sessions will initiate discussion on the topics of smallholder dairy and small ruminant value chains, animal health, animal feed and nutrition.
Senior experts and officials from ICAR, ILRI, CGIAR institutions, Government Departments, NGOs, Farmers’ Cooperatives and Industries are participating in the one-day event.
(Source: NAIP Mass Media Project, DKMA, ICAR)