We can rapidly revive our ever rich heritage, the Indian Cow - Dr Balyan

National Academy of Veterinary Sciences Confers Fellowship to Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan

20th October, 2014, New Delhi

‘I am confident that with focused and mission mode approach we can rapidly revive our ever rich heritage, the Indian Cow,’ said Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Food Processing Industries. He inaugurated one-day ‘ICAR-NAVS Expert Consultation Meet on Strategies for Enhancing Milk Productivity of Indigenous Cattle,’ here today.

He further added, for this purpose, only the present Government has launched the Rashtriya Gokul Mission for improvement of indigenous cattle. Dr Balyan hoped that the project will yield rich dividends. He said, the Mission aims to conserve and develop indigenous breeds in a focused and scientific manner, for which breeding facilities will be set up for breeds with high genetic potential.

A well thought out cattle breeding policy which was in place 50 years ago which included selective breeding of indigenous milch cattle breeds in their breeding tracts and to use them for upgrading local cattle. However, the policy was not followed in letter and spirit and indiscriminate crossbreeding was done which has resulted in erosion and dilution of our rich germplasm of high yielding indigenous milch breeds,’ said Dr Balyan.

ICAR-NAVS Expert Consultation Meet on Strategies for Enhancing Milk Productivity of Indigenous Cattle

On the occasion, the Honorary Fellowship of National Academy of Veterinary Sciences was conferred on Dr Balyan by President of the Academy. Dr Balyan has contributed significantly in the area of agriculture sector in general and livestock in particular. He has been incessantly working for the cause of conservation of Indigenous breeds of livestock which he feels are the treasure of our country.

ICAR-NAVS Expert Consultation Meet on Strategies for Enhancing Milk Productivity of Indigenous CattleICAR-NAVS Expert Consultation Meet on Strategies for Enhancing Milk Productivity of Indigenous CattleICAR-NAVS Expert Consultation Meet on Strategies for Enhancing Milk Productivity of Indigenous CattleICAR-NAVS Expert Consultation Meet on Strategies for Enhancing Milk Productivity of Indigenous Cattle

One-day interactive Consultation Meet of experts and other stakeholders was jointly organized by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) through National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR), Karnal; Central Institute for Research on Cattle (CIRC), Meerut and National Academy of Veterinary Sciences (NAVS).

Shri A.S. Thakur, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Government of India, in his address, briefed on various initiatives taken by the Government for improvement of milk productivity and conservation of indigenous cattle germplasm.  

Earlier, Dr. KML Pathak, Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR welcomed dignitaries, guests and participants and said, the interactive meet will provide a platform to suggest suitable changes in policies, legislation, institutions framework for technology development and capacity building.

It is noted that recalling the advantages of indigenous cattle rearing in terms of its adaptability, disease resistance and milk attributes, etc. the Hon'ble Prime Minister during the 86th Foundation Day Celebration of ICAR on 29th July 2014, emphasized the need for its conservation and desired that all attempts be made for enhancing its milk productivity potential.  Hence, as a follow up, to deliberate the issues concerning both improvement of milk productivity and conservation of indigenous cattle germplasm, scientific advancement made in the identified disciplines will be discussed and assessed to prepare a road-map for enhancing milk productivity of Indigenous cattle.

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