GOALPARA, July 4 - A day-long workshop on �Indian livestock farming and use of bio technology� under MILAN 2017-18 sponsored by National Institute of Animal Bio technology (NIAB), Hyderabad (Department of Bio Technology) was organised by ICAR-National Research Centre on pig (NRC on pig), Rani, Guwahati in association with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Goalpara at Mondolgram in Dudhnoi Monday last.
The workshop held with the objective to educate, encourage and empower the livestock farmers, agriculturists, veterinarian was also aimed at creating farming as a financially viable profession through dissemination of knowledge for adopting innovative ways and system for getting better yield.
The workshop also deliberated actively with the participants through presentations, technical sessions and interactions with farmers and agriculturists by the scientists from NIAB, NRC pig and KVK, Dudhnoi.
Talking to this correspondent, scientist from NIAB, Hyderabad Dr Jayant P Hole said that the workshop which has been organised under MILAN 2017-18 programme is aimed at keeping the animals healthy and as productive as possible. It is also held for the purpose of enhancing knowledge of livestock farmers. He pointed out that the workshop has been organised for the purpose of sharing information about new technologies with the farmers for improving the quality of livestock produce with an emphasis on value addition.
Dr Hole also said that the workshop also gives them a learning space for the problems and challenges faced by the farmers so that these can be evaluated later in their research.
The workshop was assisted by another scientist from NIAB Dr Himanshu Patil besides District Veterinary Officer Pradip Sharma and other scientists from KVK, Goalpara. Around 200 livestock farmers besides representatives from NGOs, media personnel participated in the interaction programme.
Incharge coordinator, KVK Goalpara Hitu Choudhury told this correspondent that the main objective of the KVK along with other organisations is to try and encourage farmers to take up entrepreneurial activities through adoption of subsidiary business like livestock farming and through such workshops the livestock farmers can imbibe new technology, methods and systems for increasing their income. The programme was chaired by director, ICAR-NRC on pig, Dr Swaraj Rajkhowa.
The farmers also lauded and thanked the efforts of NIAB, ICAR-NRC on pig, KVK and other officials for organising such a workshop and giving them technical guidance and sharing inputs with them.