The Department of Veterinary Education and Animal Husbandry Extension at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University in Ludhiana organized three trainings simultaneously for rural youth in the state.
These trainings focused on dairy farming, pig farming and goat farming. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the number of participants was limited to 10-12 per training. The trainees received basic theoretical and practical knowledge on starting a new business in breeding.
Important topics included the selection and identification of livestock breeds and husbandry strategies, shelter management, feed management, reproduction management and marketing and the added value of products from the breeding.
The closing session of these trainings was chaired by Dr Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the University. He stressed the need to adopt animal husbandry as a business enterprise. He cited many examples of rural graduates who embarked on integrated farming as a business in neighboring Haryana state.
Graduates who once sought employment at other trading houses now employ more than 500 people on their own farms. He motivated the farmers by explaining to them the importance of raising buffalo. Raising a single adult buffalo can raise a single family. He gave the well-known example of the “Laxmi” buffalo which was sold with a price tag of Rs 25.00 lakhs. This buffalo changed the fortunes of the whole family. The guest conductor also distributed the certificates to the successful candidates.
Dr Parkash Singh Brar, Director of Extension, spoke to the audience about the various activities undertaken by the university. He explained how this branch helps ranchers across the state impart the latest technical knowledge at an affordable price.
Dr Rakesh Kumar Sharma, head of the department, said more such trainings for pastoralists will be organized in the coming months. The backlog accumulated due to the suspension of trainings during the Covid outbreak last year will be clarified by increasing the number of participants to 20 per batch.
Interested farmers who wish to update their knowledge can download the application forms from the university website www.gadvasu.in and submit them to the University Farmer Information Center. For all other inquiries, you can contact the university at the farmer helpline 0161-2414026.
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