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BackOne Day KishanGosthi and Ram Distribution Programme Held under Malpura Project (MSSP) on 22-01-17

One day KishanGosthiand ram distribution programmewas conducted with the farmers registered in the field component of the Malpura sheep seed project under ICAR-Mega Sheep Seed Project (ICAR-MSSP) on 22.01.2017 at Sector-18 of Animal Genetics & Breeding Division of ICAR- Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar.  Nearly 60 farmers participated in the programmeincluding two female participants. Programme started at 9.30 am with registration of the farmers and discussion with the project team. On this occasion, Director General, ICAR and Secretary, DARE Dr. TrilochanaMohapatra and DDG (Animal Science), DrH. Rahman also interacted with the farmers and distributed elite rams.  The DG, ICAR enquired about the problem of the sheep farmers.  Dr. S. M. K. Naqvi, Director, ICAR-CSWRI, highlighted the field data recording of rams supplied in the field and the progeny obtained from them.  Dr. Arun Kumar (Head AG&B) briefed about the project activities, importance of breed improvement and scientific breeding practices to the sheep breeders. The farmer requested help of council in strengthening newly formed co-operative for sheep farmers. Farmer also visited different sheep sectors and learned about the improved management practices.  During the KishanGosthi farmers interacted with scientists and project team and asked several questions and doubts about the management of sheep rearing, economics associated with it and the disease and prophylactic measures. On this occasion, 5 elite rams of Malpura sheep breed were distributed to 5 different farmers registered under the project.

Currently, Malpura project has nearly 40 registered flocks in the field in 18 villages that covers 3882 animals which are ear tagged or tattooed for scientific data recording. Improved rams of Malpura breed are supplied to the registered farmers under the project for genetic improvement of the field flocks. Data on all the production, reproduction and disease aspects are collected and analyzed for research purpose.