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A two-day (14-15 March, 2024) National Seminar cum Stakeholder Meeting on ‘Processing, Innovation and Improvement of Non-Bovine Animal Products for Successful Entrepreneurship’ was organized by ICAR-National Camel Research Center (NRCC), Bikaner.

Chief Guest, Dr. A.K. Tomar, Director, ICAR-NRCC, Avikanagar, considering farming and animal husbandry as an industry, said that among non-bovine animals, the milk of sheep, goat and female camel is like medicine, hence now the animal husbandry brothers should find the market for the milk and use it accordingly. Come ahead in the field of marketing by determining the price.

Special guest, Prof. R.K. Dhuria, Dean of Education, Rajuwas, Bikaner also highlighted the importance of non-bovine animal products and pointed out the strong possibilities of entrepreneurship in their milk.

Chief guest of the closing ceremony, Prof. (Dr.) Manoj Dixit, Vice Chancellor, Maharaja Ganga Singh University, Bikaner told about advancing the medicinal utility of female camel’s milk through scientific and medical coordination and the multidimensional use of animal dung, urine, leather etc.

Dr. T.K. Gehlot, Editor, Journal of Camel Practice and Research, Bikaner expressed the need for grants for milk marketing of female camels, camel conservation and camel rearing.

Dr. S.P. Joshi, Joint Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Rajasthan, encouraged farmers to convert animal dung into advanced manure to reduce dependence on chemical fertilizers. He assured to provide funds for setting up milk production and processing units.

In the technical sessions, Director of the Centre, Dr. Artabandhu Sahu, Co-Coordinator of the program, Dr. R.K. Sawal, Divisional Head, ICAR-CIRB, Hisar, Shri Yashpal Sharma, presented his lectures and subject experts interacted with the farmers and entrepreneurs and suggested them solutions to solve the challenges related to animal husbandry business.

Progressive cattle farmers and young entrepreneurs were honored by the Center for their significant contribution in the non-bovine animal husbandry system.

Organizing Secretary of the seminar, Dr. Yogesh Kumar said that the Center is moving forward to implement the proposals received for technology licensing. He said that 4 trade marks have been developed by the Center and these products will be displayed for marketing which will increase the prestige of ICAR and this institute.

About 250 camel rearers, scientists, FSSAI participated in this program. Officials, students of affiliated universities, officials of various organizations and NRCC staff participated.

(Source: ICAR-National Research Center on Camel (NRCC), Bikaner)

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