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India elected as Vice-chair at the 12th session of FAO’s Intergovernmental Technical Working Group (ITWG)

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24 January 2023, New Delhi: In the recently concluded 12th Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group (ITWG) on Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR) at Rome during 18 -20 January 2023, India was elected as Vice-chair and represented Asia & Pacific region.

Dr. B N Tripathi, Deputy Director General (Animal Sciences), ICAR, and the National Coordinator, Vice-chaired the Session and also as Rapporteur.

The Working Group was established by the FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), functions to review technical issues; advise and make recommendations to the Commission and further implement the Commission’s program related to AnGR at the global level. 

In the 12th Session of ITWG, implementation of the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, monitoring of AnGR diversity, and preparing the 3rd Country Report were reviewed.  Further agenda points on the role of microorganisms relevant to ruminant digestion, the role of genetic resources in mitigating and adapting to climate change; access and benefit-sharing for AnGR; digital sequence information, and potential implications for the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources were discussed.

Earlier to the ITWG Session, the Global National Coordinators’ Workshop was held at FAO Head Quarter, from 16-17th January 2023. In the Workshop, Dr. B N Tripathi shared the country’s experience in updating data in Domestic Animal Diversity – Information System (DAD-IS) and presented a framework for cataloging native populations including breed registration, notification system, etc. National priorities for germplasm cryopreservation and documenting non-descript AnGR to fulfill SDG indicators were appreciated by the members.

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