Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh urged ICAR to have more major programmes to improve indigenous cattle breeds as they are relatively less prone to diseases as compared to exotic and cross-bred. He was speaking at a programme at National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (NIVEDI) in Bengaluru.
He said that efforts should be made to improve indigenous stock in terms of production and productivity. He mentioned that the best indigenous breeds like Gir, Tharparkar, Rathi, Sahiwal etc. have better heat tolerance, feed conversion efficiency and disease resistance.
The minister mentioned that the role of scientists of NIVEDI continues to be in prevention, control and eradication of diseases to help maximize animal production and safeguarding human health from those diseases transmitted by animals and their products using risk analysis data and precise diagnostics. He urged the institute to research and study the aspects which make the indigenous breeds resistant to diseases.
In addition to development of diagnositics, the minister said research partnership between the public and private sector is also essential to achieve faster progress and dissemination of technology to the end-users. Thus, there is a need to link these two sectors to have their activities complemented in a “Public Private Partnership” mode.