DG, ICAR laid down Foundation stone of Animal House at Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) laid the foundation stone of ‘Animal House’ at ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad on 31st August 2016. Dr. Mohapatra was accompanied by Dr. H. Rahman, Deputy Director General (Animal Science); Dr. J. K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fishery Science); Directors of local ICAR institutes, Dr. V. Prabhakar Rao, former Vice Chancellor, SVVU, Tirupati; Dr. A. Padma Raju, former Vice Chancellor, ANGRAU, Hyderabad; Dr. R.P. Sharma, former Director, PDP and other distinguished dignitaries. Dr. R.N.Chatterjee, Director, ICAR-DPR welcomed the dignitaries.
Later, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) and Director General (ICAR) addressed the scientists and staff of the Directorate. He appreciated the Institute activities including chicken varieties developed by the Directorate and advised to utilize the new facility being created at the new campus to cater the need of the farmers. He emphasized on doing advanced research for augmenting performance of the pureline chicken so that the performance of the commercial varieties developed from the improved purelines can be enhanced significantly. He also accentuated to conduct research in basic sciences exploring relationship between gene and traits in local non-descript and native Indigenous chicken breeds so that ultimately, the information can be utilized to augment their productivity and to popularize the breeds at their home tracts. He also stressed upon the commercialization of the technologies developed at the Institute. Later on, he released an Institute publication on ‘A practical manual on gene silencing in poultry’ written by TK Bhattacharya, R.Shukla, RN Chatterjee and Chandan Paswan.
Dr. H. Rahman, Deputy Director General (Animal Science) addressed the gathering and appreciated the Institute activities highlighting the role of the Institute in popularizing the backyard poultry in the country. He illustrated the role of emerging and re-emerging poultry diseases in the country and stressed upon the need for development of combined vaccines for various viral diseases in chicken. He also released the Institute News letter.
Dr. J.K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fishery Science) emphasized the need of integrated farming involving fish and poultry for economic upliftment of the rural farmers. Prof. V. Prabhakar Rao, former Vice Chancellor, SVVU, Tirupati stressed upon the collaborative approach of ICAR Institutes and state Veterinary university/college to solve the problems of the local farmers being faced during rearing of poultry at their backyard. Prof. Padma Raju, former Vice Chancellor, ANGRAU, Hyderabad elaborated the role of poultry in enhancing economic and nutritional security of rural farmers not only in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh but also in other states and union territories of the country. Dr. R.P. Sharma, former Director, PDP appreciated the role of the Institute in conducting research and extension activities in the field of backyard poultry.
Earlier, Dr. R.N. Chatterjee, Director, ICAR-DPR, Hyderabad welcomed all the dignitaries and highlighted the significant achievements of the Institute. He also delineated the contribution of the AICRP and Seed project centres in development of chicken varieties utilizing local germplasm and upliftment of the economy of the rural marginal farmers through rearing of these chicken varieties. He also conveyed the gratitude to the Vice Chancellors of both PVNR Veterinary University and ANGARAU, Hyderabad for providing land to the Institute, where foundation stone of Animal house has been laid to develop infrastructure for rearing poultry birds.
Dr. D. Rama Rao, Director, ICAR-NAARM; Dr. V.V. Kulkarni, Director, ICAR-NRC on meat; Dr. Y.G. Prasad, Director, ATARI; Dr. K. Kondal Reddy, Registrar, PVNR Telangana Veterinary University; Dr. S.T. Viroji Rao, Director Extension, PVNR Telangana Veterinary University; Dr. M. Gnana Prakash, Comptroller, PVNR Telangana Veterinary University; Mr. M.V. Rao, SE, CPWD; Mr. Josh, EE, CPWD; Mr. Srinivas, Architect, CPWD graced the occasion.