September 13, 2011, Karnal
Thakur Richh Pal Singh, Vice Chairman (MOS), Jammu and Kashmir State Advisory Board for Development of Kisans visited National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal this afternoon. While interacting with the scientists and senior faculty of NDRI, he conveyed the greetings from dairy farmers of J&K State. He said that we are looking forward to develop Jammu region into a milk-shed area and sought cooperation from NDRI in the breed improvement, better reproductivity, and conversion of milk into value added products. Mr Singh visited the Model Dairy Plant, The Experimental Dairy, Animal Biotechnology Centre and Dairy Cattle Section of the Institute. He was highly impressed with the technologies developed by NDRI scientists for low cholesterol ghee, machinery for indigenous dairy products, cloning of buffalo and functional dairy foods
He was welcomed by Dr. A. K. Srivastava, Director, NDRI who elaborated the scenario of dairy development, milk production; and challenges and opportunities in livestock sector at national level. He informed that India produced only 17 million metric tonnes of milk per year during 1964-65 and now it has reached 113 Million metric tonnes taking India to 1st rank in the global milk production. Dr. Srivastava briefed the Minister about the research project on cloning of Pashmina goats being pursued at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (K), Srinagar in collaboration with NDRI.
The programme was coordinated by Haryana State and the dignitary also visited Sulatn Fish Farm, village Butana (Karnal) and grain market at Shahbad Markanda apart from NDRI.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA with inputs from NDRI, Karnal)