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Mission towards Zero Non-Descript AnGR of India: Interface Meeting on AnGR of Rajasthan held on 16 Nov 2021

In a series of State-specific Interface Meets under Mission towards zero non-descript AnGR of India, ICAR-NBAGR organized online Interface meet for Rajasthan state on 16th November, 2021. The meet with a theme of “Characterization and Documentation of Animal Genetic Resources of Rajasthan: A Mission Towards Zero Non-Descript Populations” was attended by 102 participants including the Senior officers of ICAR, ICAR Institutes, MPUAT, RAJUVAS, Dept. of Animal Husbandry, Rajasthan etc.

Dr N S Rathore, Vice-Chancellor, MPUAT, Udaipur and former DDG (Education), ICAR, addressed the participants and drew the attention towards the potential livestock breeds in the state and appreciated the efforts of ICAR-NBAGR for initiating this important national mission.  Dr S K Garg, Vice-Chancellor   RAJUVAS spoke about the importance of the mission and urged for the larger partnership of various agencies including ICAR, SAUs, AHD of Rajasthan in the mission.  

Dr V K Saxena, Asst Director General (AP&B), ICAR in his remark, emphasized about enormous livestock population and genetic diversity and urged for adopting the suitable survey methodology for their documentation in collaboration with various agencies. 

Earlier, Dr BP Mishra, Director of NBAGR welcome the participants and presented the bureau’s activities and strategies for documenting non-descript population in the country under the mission.  Dr Hemant Dadhich, Director of Research, RAJUVAS and Dr PC Bhati Addl Director (Production), Animal Husbandry Dept., Govt of Rajasthan, provided the insights about the AnGR and their stakeholders in Rajasthan. Dr D K Yadav, Principal Scientist, NBAGR further outlined the survey strategies for documenting the native AnGR in the state.

During the Interface meet, a panel of experts suggested various points for documentation of non-descript AnGR and improvement of the native breeds in the state.