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On 21st July 2023, at the Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar, an institute of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, artificial insemination for breed improvement on Gir cattle was started for the farmers of various villages of Malpura tehsil. Farmer First Project and More than 500 farmers of Malpura tehsil participated in the one-day program sponsored by the Scheduled Caste Project. The program was presided over by Institute Director Dr. Arun Kumar Tomar and the chief guest of the program was Mr. Badrinarayan Choudhary, President, Indian Farmers Union and Indian Agricultural Research. Governing body member of the council, Mr. Dinesh Kulkarni as special guest, Organization Minister Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Dr. PP Rohilla, Principal Scientist, Atari, Jodhpur, Dr. N.V. Patil, former director of Central Govansh Sansthan, Meerut, Todaraisingh-Malpura MLA, Mr. Kanhaiya Lal Choudhary. Mr. Sakram Chopra Ji Pradhan Malpura and Mr. Gopal Gurjar former Pradhan Malpura participated in the program and addressed the participating farmers.

Institute Director Dr. Arun Kumar Tomar said that in the Farmer First Project, the institute has moved beyond the sheep, goat and rabbit rearing of the farmers in their villages and keeping in view the current demand for the best quality semen for their Murrah breed of buffaloes. The best quality semen of Gir cow breed has been procured from Gujarat, which very soon after this program, more than 2500 doses will be given to the farmers of selected villages at the time of calving in their Gir cows by the scientists of the Institute of Artificial Insemination. Government of India. The intention is that the farmers of the country should become strong and capable by earning their livelihood through agriculture and animal husbandry. To fulfill this objective, the institute is working day and night for the farmers of Malpura in the Farmer First Project.

The Institute Director said that we have to develop livestock based rural economy, so that farmers can become self-reliant in livelihood through livestock. In the end, while giving information about the progress of the institute to the guests attending the program, everyone was encouraged to increase the prestige of the institute. -Thanked a lot. Dr. Arun Kumar Tomar, Director of Avikanagar Institute, said that Dr. Umesh Singh, Director of Central Cow Breeding Institute, Meerut, has assured me over the phone to provide Gir cow semen in future also and said that both are important for the farmers. There will be no let up in the efforts of the institutions. Through this platform, I also thank Dr. Umesh Singh, Director, Central Govansh Sansthan, Meerut, that due to his efforts today we are able to make Gir cow semen available to the farmers.

The chief guest of the program, Mr. Badrinarayan Chaudhary said that we have to create a cow-based agricultural economy because cow is the best animal for organic farming, whose rearing fulfills our various rural needs. The semen that has been made available for artificial insemination of the cow will definitely prove helpful in increasing the milk production for the farmers of Malpura tehsil in the coming times. I also request the scientists of the institute that these stray animals of the cow These should also be addressed in some scientific manner so that they are useful in the economy of the country.

Organization Minister of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Shri Dinesh Kulkarni, while thanking the Institute Director, said that you are working on sheep, goats and rabbits, and keeping in view the needs of the village, you have also worked on buffaloes and cows, this will help our cattle. It will play an important role in providing employment to the people in the future. Mr. Dinesh Kulkarni ji expressed hope that the institute is definitely making a good contribution in strengthening the village economy through livestock and I will solve all the current farming and animal husbandry problems. To reduce them, we will have to adopt organic farming again. So that various ill effects caused by climate change can be avoided.

While addressing the program, the guests present also stressed on the importance of farmers adopting scientific methods in agriculture and animal husbandry and thanked the Director for the efforts of the institute. The program was attended by various public representatives, Sarpanchgans and progressive farmers of Malpura area. He also addressed from his experience and told the farmers how they can earn maximum profits by adopting scientific methods in agriculture and animal husbandry.

Dr. Satyaveer Singh Dangi, Principal Investigator of Farmer First Project, said that in the above project, more than 2500 semen of good yielding bull of Gir Cow has been procured from Junagadh Veterinary College, Gujarat for artificial insemination for the breed improvement of Gir Cow for the farmers of selected villages in the above project. The dose has been ordered and after its launch today, the facility will be provided to the farmers of Malpura at their doorstep free of cost by Farmer First family members. Along with this, two best breed Avishan sheep will also be given to the sheep rearing farmers of Soda and Dhechwas villages of Farmer First Project. K ram was also distributed free of cost.

Nodal Officer of Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan, Dr. Ajay Kumar said that after one month training, sewing machine kit and umbrellas were distributed free of cost to 16 BPL, widow and disabled Scheduled Caste women through this project by the guests present in the program.

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