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Division of Animal Science, ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair conducted three days workshop on Impact of feed supplements in livestock and poultry at tribal farming community of Harminderbay from 16 to 18, May 2022 under Scheduled Tribal Component in collaboration with DBT-Biotech Kisan Hub in commemoration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava. Shri. Andrew, 1st Captain, Tribal Farming Community, Harminder bay and Mr.Festes, Secretary, Harminderbay along with 100 tribal farmers including 50 women farmers participated in the programme. Dr.T.Sujatha, Sr.Scientist & Coordinator of the programme narrated about the importance of feed supplements in livestock and poultry. She explained how the balanced feed in livestock and poultry improves their overall performance by alleviating micro nutrients deficiency and in-turn has significant influence in one health programme of preventing animal diseases. This will significantly improve the nutritional security of tribal farming community through enhancement of animal protein sources. Further, she motivated the participants to learn all the skills to prepare value added products to establish their own business. She informed that ICAR-CIARI is ready to support them in all possible ways to initiate product preparation in a team mode. Participants were given practical hands on training on preparation of value added products viz.poultry chicken meat nuggets. During the programme, inputs such as gumboots, vitamin and mineral supplements, anthelmintic, weighing balance, tarpaulin sheet were distributed to the tribal farmers in the presence of Shri. Gopal Biswas, Tehsildar and Executive Magistrate, Hutbay. Tehsildar advised the farming community to use the inputs judiciously and appreciated ICAR-CIARI for the efforts towards development of tribal farming community in livestock farming sector. The overall programme was executed under the chairmanship of Dr.Eaknath B.Chakurkar, Director, ICAR-CIARI and was facilitated by Dr. Jai Sunder, Pr.Scientist and Dr.D.Bhattacharya, Pr.Scientist as conveners of the programme.

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