Monday, July 29, 2013

Needs of small and marginal farmers should be addressed in new research – S. Ranike

Ludhiana-29-July, 2013

Research on livestock professions should be focused on requirements and constraint of the state. The views were expressed by S. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Cabinet Minister for, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries in the inaugural address of a one day workshop for animal husbandry officers of the state organised by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University. S. Ranike was Chief Guest on this occasion. He said that in our new research policies small and marginal farmers should not be ignored as they are 70% of the farmers community. Both the animal husbandry department and GADVASU should come forward for joint research. The new pass outs of veterinary sciences should be equipped with modern and scientific knowhow of the profession. He said that extension programme should be spreaded to every nook and corner of the state to provide awareness of all new facilities and techniques. For this purpose camps and livestock melas are good options. New models to rear pigs and goats should be developed for more profitability. He said that joint efforts are required for research, marketing, quality control and diversification towards livestock professions. Sh. Des Raj Dhugga, chief parliamentary secretary was guest of honour on this occasion. He said that optimum use of resources is need of the hour. We have good resources but we are not utilizing them in a balanced manner. Grass root needs should be recognized for further strengthing of these professions as the majority of the livestock farmers are still ignorant about scientific recommendations

Dr. V.K.Taneja, Vice-Chancellor GADVASU said that development of livestock professions in a scientific manner also brought new problems in the area of diseases, treatment, housing, production and research. He said that value addition is the tested mantra for more profitability. Dr. Taneja emphasized that quality control of meat and other livestock products should be in the supervision of veterinarians. He also revealed that feed cost is increasing very much in comparison to price of milk, so government should frame a policy for holistic growth of dairy profession.

Dr. H.S. Sandha, Director Animal Husbandry Punjab said that livestock professions are contributing 9.2% in state GDP as well as 30% in agriculture GDP. So diversification through livestock may be more beneficial in comparison to agriculture.

S. Ranike also released compendium booklet, compendium CD, Vet Alumnus magazine and monthly magazine of university 'Vigayanak Pashu Palan'.

Dr. H.S. Sandhu Dean College of veterinary science and DR highlighted the research activities of the university. Dr. R.S. Sahota, Director of Extension Education, welcomed the august gathering.

After inaugural session different issues were addressed in technical session. The main topics were, Shelter management in dairy animals, Synchronization of dairy animals, Emerging zoonotic diseases in livestock, disaster management and extension facilities in GADVASU for farmers and pet owners. A total of 425 delegates attended the workshop. Dr. P.D. Juyal Registrar, DR SPS Sangha, Dean College of Dairy Science, Dr. Asha Dhawan, Dean College of fisheries and a large number of university faculty was also there to grace the occasion.

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