22nd March, 2013, Avikanagar
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR inaugurated Meat Science and the NPB blocks at Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute (CSWRI) here today.
Dr. Ayyappan and Prof. K.M.L. Pathak, Deputy Director General, Animal Sciences addressed the scientists CSWRI and Indian Grassland Fodder Research Institute (local centre) and interacted to have their views for the priority settings for the XIIth plan.
The dignitaries also visited the Wool Processing Plant, Animal Biotechnology section and the Divisions of Nutrition, Physiology and Biochemistry, the newly designed multi-roof summer-shed under the NICRA Project and the Azolla Farming Unit.
Dr. Ayyappan inaugurated the Sheep Mela on 23 March, in whichmore than 1,000 farmers and 200 farm-women participated. He lauded the contribution of the farmers to the national economy and also appreciated their participation in large numbers that indicated their keen desire to know and adopt new technologies. Prof. Pathak emphasized that sheep and goat have an important role in the rural economy and livelihood in the state of Rajasthan. The 520 sheep, goats and rabbits took part in various categories of animal competitions. Twenty farmers were felicitated for best sheep, goat and rabbits along with 10 farmers for best crops.
Dr. Rajesh Mann, Director, Animal Health Department, Rajasthan presented a detailed account of various schemes launched by the government of Rajasthan for the benefit of animal keepers and urged the farmers to take advantage of these schemes / packages.
Dr.S. M. K. Naqvi, Director, CSWRI presented the brief report of the achievements of CSWRI and its active involvement with farmers.
(Source: CSWRI, Avikanagar)