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Annual Review Meeting of ICAR-Network Project of Sheep Improvement (NWPSI) and ICAR-Mega Sheep Seed Project (MSSP) was organized by ICAR-Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar at CSWRI-Sub Office cum Guest House, Jaipur on 23rd and 24th June 2017. This meeting was chaired by Hon’ble DDG (Animal Science), Dr. J. K. Jena and presided by Dr. S.M.K. Naqvi, Director, ICAR-CSWRI and Dr. M. S. Chauhan, Director, ICAR-CIRG. It was attended by Dr.Vineet Bhasin, Principal Scientist, ICAR Head Quarter, Dr. Arun Kumar, Head(AG&B), ICAR-CSWRI Head of the Divisions, Scientists of AG&B Division and PIs and Co-PIs of eleven cooperating units of NWPSI and MSSP from different parts of the country.

The main objective of the project is genetic improvement of indigenous sheep breeds through selection and dissemination of superior germplasm to the farmers’ flock. The progress made by the units during 2016-17 was reviewed. Dr. J. K. Jena emphasized the use of new technologies to achieve faster genetic improvement in terms of better animal productivity which will lead to rural poverty alleviation. Dr. S. M. K. Naqvi informed the importance of improving reproductive efficiency as well as decreasing the mortality rate for accomplishing overall improvement. Dr. S.M.K. Naqvi, Project Coordinator and Director, CSWRI presented the Project Coordinator’s Annual Reports of NWPSI and MSSP, Action Taken Report on the recommendations of last review meeting and critical evaluation report of each unit. The progress report of four farm based units viz. Marwari, Muzaffarnagri, Deccani and Nellore sheep and two field based units viz. Madras Red and Magra sheep under NWPSI were presented and discussed. Progress report of five units under MSSP viz. Chhotanagpuri, Mandya, Mecheri, Sonadi and Malpura sheep were also presented and discussed. The meeting suggested necessary recommendations to further improve the performance of different units. The proceedings of the meeting were coordinated by Dr.Arun Kumar, Head (AGB).