Development of Roadmap on Genomic Selection in Cattle and Buffaloes and Modalities for National Genetic Evaluation System

18th January 2019, NASC complex, New Delhi

A two-day consultative meeting on “Development of Roadmap on Genomic Selection in Cattle and Buffaloes and Modalities for National Genetic Evaluation System (NGES)” (18th - 19th January, 2019) organized by  ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar & Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi was inagurated today . This meeting was a follow up of the brain storming workshop conducted by Indian Society of Animal Genetics & Breeding (ISAGB) and ICAR-IVRI on 17th Sept 2018 on a contemporary topic “Genomic Selection and its implementation in India: The Way Forward” at ICAR-IVRI.

Development of Roadmap on Genomic Selection in Cattle and Buffaloes and Modalities for National Genetic Evaluation System

Dr R K Singh, Director, ICAR-IVRI, Izatnagar,  in his inaugural address,  emphasized importance of the meeting in national context and expressed that the road map to be developed should be convincing and with a well defined time line and targeting all the stakeholders. He also mentioned that assisted reproductive tools also need to be integrated in the system.

Dr R K Vijh, Nodal Officer, NBGC presented the progress of indigenous Chip Development and Implementation modalities on Genomic selection in indigenous cattle and buffaloes.

 Dr Ravi Kumar of DBT-NIAB presented the status of chip development at NIAB.

Dr. B P Mishra, Joint Director (Research), ICAR-IVRI and convener of consultative meeting presented the need and importance of a National Genetic Evaluation System for the genetic improvement of cattle and buffalo of the country. He further deliberated on the strength and limitations of present genetic improvement programmes and the need for integrating efforts under single umbrella.

Dr Vineet Bhasin, Principal Scientist, ASD, ICAR emphasized on the development of well defined SOPs for integration of AICRP/Network data of ICAR with other agencies under NGES system for uniform recording and evaluation.

The participants divided in three groups would prepare a roadmap on the targeted subject. The representatives from various organizations viz, ICAR institutes- IVRI, NBAGR, NDRI, CIRC, IASRI and CIRB; BAIF, NIAB, DBT and DAHDF are participating in this two-day deliberations.

(Source: Animal Science Division, ICAR)