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AnGR of Goa State: A Mission towards Zero Non-Descript AnGR of India

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08 June 2024, Goa: ICAR-National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal, organized an Interface meeting on ‘Animal Genetic Resources of Goa State’ in collaboration with the ICAR-Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, Goa today. The meeting was organized under the ‘Mission towards Zero Non-Descript AnGR of India’.

The Chief Guest, Dr. Pradip V. Sarmokadam, Member Secretary, Goa State Biodiversity Board, emphasized the significance of conserving livestock biodiversity and the urgent need to link conservation efforts with the livelihood of the farmers.

Dr. Parveen Kumar, Director, ICAR-CCARI, Goa highlighted the rich livestock biodiversity of Goa state and the adjoining Konkan region. He also stressed the need for efforts on conservation and sustainable utilization of native animal genetic resources.

Dr. B.P. Mishra, Director, ICAR- National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal, in his introductory address, outlined the priorities and strategies of the Bureau for managing the native AnGR under the Mission towards Zero Non-Descript AnGR in the country.

Dr. Satpal Dixit, Head, Division of AG, ICAR-NBAGR talked about the importance of phenotypic and genetic characterization of animal resources.

The technical session covered the status of Goa’s animal genetic resources, survey strategies, genetic mapping, trait characterization, and AnGR’s role in eco-system services. Followed by Panel discussions a technical bulletin on ‘Animal Genetic Resources of Goa’ was released.

About 50 participants from ICAR, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, Govt. of Goa, Goa State Biodiversity Board, and progressive farmers participated in the meeting.

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