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ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad celebrates 33rd Foundation Day

The ICAR-Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad celebrated its 33rd Foundation Day on 1st March 2020. Dr. B. N. Tripathi, Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. During his speech he lauded the contribution of ICAR-DPR in the improvement of poultry production in the country particularly the backyard poultry production through dissemination of improved chicken varieties throughout the country by the institute. He highlighted the need for giving importance to research in the areas of precision farming, trans-disciplinary research and use of artificial intelligence for further improvement in productivity of poultry farming. During this occasion, he released a booklet entitled “Production of low cholesterol chicken: A biotech intervention” authored by Dr. T.K. Bhattacharya, Dr. A Rajendra Prasad, Dr. N. Govardhan Sagar and Dr. R.N. Chatterjee. He also distributed the prizes to winners of the games and sports competitions organized for the staff of the Institute. Earlier Dr. B. N. Tripathi, DDS(AS) inaugurated a Experimental Shed constructed at New Campus of this Directorate. 

Shri. P. Venugopal Reddy, Chairman, Ekalavya Foundation, Hyderabad participated in the program as Guest of honour. He emphasised the need for collaboration of different stake holders to realize the goal of doubling of farmers’ income through interventions in animal husbandry activities particularly in backyard poultry rearing in order to diversify and improve the source of income of the country farmers. Dr. S. Vaithiyanathan, Director, NRC on Meat, Hyderabad also graced the occasion as Guest of honour. He emphasized the processing of poultry produces such as meat and egg for enhancing farmers’ income.

Dr. R. N. Chatterjee, Director, ICAR-DPR presided over the function and highlighted the contribution of ICAR-DPR for development of poultry sector in the country through its germplasm, technologies and extension activities. He also narrated the future thrust areas for which the Institute has prepared the road map to attain the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. Earlier, Dr. S. V. Rama Rao, Principal Scientist presented the research activities of the Institute to the August gathering. Dr. M. R. Reddy, Principal Scientist, Chairman organizing committee welcomed the dignitaries. The scientists from local ICAR Institutes including Hyderabad Veterinary College also participated at this programme. 

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