A Workshop on “Mission towards Zero Non-Descript AnGR of India’ was organized on 11th August, 2021 virtually by the ICAR-National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal. Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Hon’ble Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR addressed the participants as Chief Guest. Dr. B.N.Tripathi, Deputy Director General (AS), ICAR; and Dr. Praveen Malik, Animal Husbandry Commissioner, Govt. of India also addressed as Guests of Honours. The workshop was attended by the 215 participants consisting of Directors/senior officers of State Animal Husbandry Departments all over India, SAU/SVUs, ICAR Animal Science institutes, Bureaus and scientists, researchers, NGOs/Societies and farmers.
Dr Mohapatra in his presidential address, emphasized the need of describing non-descript population and opined to utilize the participation of DAHD, State AHDs, SAUs, KVKs, NGOs and other stakeholders including general public in this mission.
Dr Tripathi complemented NBAGR for the efforts made in notifying the registered breeds and to continue the efforts further by documenting the non-descript population of AnGR.
Dr Malik, AHC emphasized over the changing dynamics of livestock species, specifically decline of population of minor species in the country.
While welcoming the dignitaries and participants, Dr B P Mishra, Director, ICAR-NBAGR presented the development in characterization and registration of the breeds in the country. He also outlined the way forward for the Mission towards Zero-Non descript AnGR of India and role of the various agencies in the mission.
During the workshop, workers of NGOs, breed societies and farmers also interacted and shared their experiences about the impact of registration of breeds