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One day Farmers-Scientists Interactive meet was conducted with the farmers registered with field component of the Malpura sheep seed project under the umbrella of ICAR-Mega Sheep Seed Project (ICAR-MSSP) on 28.07.2016 at Sector number 18 of Animal Genetics & Breeding Division of ICAR- Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute Avikanagar.  Nearly 60 farmers participated in the programme Programme started at 10.00 am with registration of the farmers and discussion with the project team. Guests of honour for the programme were Dr. Nivsarkar (Ex-Director NBAGR and Consultant NDDB), Dr K. T. Sampath (Ex-Director NIANP) and Dr. P. S. Birthal (NCAP) along with Director of the institute Dr. S. M. K. Naqvi. Dr. Arun Kumar (Head AG&B) briefed about the project activities, importance of breed improvement and scientific breeding practices to the sheep breeders. In the interactive meet, farmers asked several questions and expert advice by scientists and guests were given related to all the aspects of sheep breeding, feeding, health and management. Dr. Naqvi emphasised the need of undertaking scientific sheep rearing practices and stressed on the field data recording of supplied germplasm form the field and the progeny obtained from them. On this occasion, 4 elite rams of Malpura sheep breed were distributed to 4 different farmers registered under the project.

Currently, Malpura project has nearly 40 registered flocks in the field in 21 villages that covers 3318 animals which are ear tagged or tattooed for scientific data recording. Improved rams of Malpura breed are supplied to the farmers registered under the project for further improvement of the field flocks. Data on all the production, reproduction and disease aspects are collected and analysed for research purpose.