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 Meeting onStrengthening Extension Services” on convergence mode for dairy development
 A meeting on Strengthening Extension Services on convergence mode for dairy development was organized by ICAR-CIRB  under the chairmanship of Director, Dr. I J Singh on 7th January, 2017 to delineate the roles and expectations of  various agency working for dairy development on  convergence mode . On this occasion,  Dr. V V Sadamate, former advisor Planning Commission was the chief guest and presented his key note address. Stakeholders of dairy development representing research institutions like Director ATARI (Zone-I), Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director Extension LUVAS, Dr. Sudhiranjan Garg, Additional Director training, Dr. Nishi Sethi, Head Extension CCS HAU, Dr. Pradeep Sehrawat were present on the occasion. 
     
 
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ICAR-CIRB organized training on “improved buffalo husbandry practices” from 17th- 23rd December, 2016

ICAR-CIRB successfully organized six-days training on “Improved Buffalo Husbandry” for the farmers, youths and the buffalo entrepreneurs from the 17th-23rd December, 2016. Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Director, ICAR-CIRB in his valedictory speech reiterated about buffalo as the “Black Gold” and emphasized its importance in socio-economic emancipation of agrarian community.The training coordinators for the training were Dr. Sajjan Singh (Principal Scientist & I/C, CIRB, Nabha sub-campus), Dr. Varij Nayan (Scientist (SS)) and Dr. M.L. Sharma (ACTO). They also emphasized that buffaloes have immense potential for poverty alleviation and rural entrepreneurship and just like any other successful agribusiness enterprises; buffalo farming too needs a highly dedicated scientific advisory system for decision making support. In this training, 63 persons coming from different parts of Haryana and also from Kolkata, West Bengal were imparted training on various aspects of buffalo husbandry, feeding and management practices. The trainees were also sensitized about the aspects of buffalo oestrous cycle, reproduction management, frozen semen production, clean milk production, mastitis, important diseases of buffalo, vaccination schedules, importance of record keeping and buffalo husbandry in climate change scenario and also the simple strategies / measures to combat it.

 

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Director, CIRB showing champion buffalo bull to Hon'ble PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji during 'Krishi Unnati Mela' 

 

Director ICAR-CIRB, Dr. Inderjeet Singh explaining the importance of elite buffalo germplasm to Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji at the ‘Krishi Unnati Mela' on March 19th 2016 at IARI, Pusa, New Delhi.  Hon'ble PM took keen interest in the elite buffalo animals showed by the institute in the mela. Dr. Singh told Hon’ble PM that buffaloes alone contribute about 53% of country's milk production and because of this only the country is No. 1 in milk production. Further, buffalo meat earns the country thirty thousand crore annually. The farmers are earning extra income from buffaloes and they fit best for 'Make in India' slogan.

 
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ICAR-CIRB become India’s second center to produce a cloned buffalo

Hisar: In a unique achievement, Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Director, ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) informed that institute scientists produced cloned calf ‘HISAR  GOURAV’ on December 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM, birth weight of 40.4 kg born through normal delivery.

This cloned buffalo calf is distinct from the earlier clones produced in India, as this  is produced from cells of ventral side of tail of superior buffalo bull, this part is least exposed to sunlight and may have less mutation rate, and can  be good choice for isolation of donor cells to produce healthy clones. The newborn cloned calf is maintaining good health and showing normal activities. Dr Singh emphasized that the use of adult somatic cells of proven males or quality females for cloning can bring revolution by multiplying the superior buffalo germplasm in country. With this achievement CIRB becomes world’s third and India’s second institute to produce cloned buffalo. This achievement has been made under the project entitled, Cloning for conservation and multiplication of superior buffalo germplasm. The team of scientists lead by Dr Prem Singh Yadav includes Dr. N.L. Selokar, Dr. R.K. Sharma, Dr. Dharmendra Kumar and Dr. Sudhir Khanna. Dr. Yadav informed that objective of this project is to clone of superior males and females and this calf is the clone of Superior Murrah bull (Mu-435). This bull is currently used for semen production at CIRB, Hisar, produced 35691 doses of semen out of which 15402 were sold, 5840 were disseminated and 14335 are in stock. The semen from this bull is in great demand and its AI conception rate is about 53%.

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