Workshop on Livestock Migration in Rajasthan Organized

29th May 2014, Jodhpur

A workshop on Livestock Migration in Rajasthan was organized under the CAZRI-ICARDA project entitled ‘Coping Strategies for Livestock Smallholders in Rajasthan’ at Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI) on 29th May, 2014.

 Dr. Mahesh Katara, CEO, Rajasthan Livestock Development Board (RLDB), Jaipur inaugurated the workshop. He highlighted the importance of pastoralism practiced in Rajasthan in providing meat and milk on almost zero input. Dr. Katara also discussed the various initiatives of the board for the benefit of such livestock keepers.

Mr. K.K. Goel, CEO, Central Wool Development Board (CWDB) was the Guest of Honour on the occasion. He highlighted the various schemes of the board, including the insurance scheme of sheep for the benefit of its owners, involved in migrating to far distances in search of fodder.

Dr. M.M. Roy, Director, CAZRI chaired the workshop and stressed upon the importance of improving productivity of common grazing lands and creation of watering points along the established migratory routes to enhance productivity of such livestock production systems.

Dr. L. Mounir, Research Scientist, ICARDA, Jordan mentioned that dissemination of real-time information about the condition and abundance of forage resources and availability of crop aftermath/fallow fields will increase efficiency of migratory livestock systems.

Earlier, Dr. A.K. Mishra, Principal Scientist, CAZRI and Project In-Charge welcomed the participants.

More than 45 officials from various ICAR institutes, CWDB, line departments of Rajasthan participated in this workshop. Various issues related to sheep and livestock migration, including the marketing ones were thoroughly discussed.

Dr. Khem Chand, Principal Scientist, CAZRI proposed the vote of thanks.

(Source: CAZRI, Jodhpur)