ICAR- National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bangalore organized a Regional Training Programme on Animal Feed and Nutrient Analysis for SAARC countries sponsored by the SAARC Agriculture Centre, Bangladesh during 9-14 May 2018.
Dr. Joykrushna Jena, Deputy Director General (Animal Science) in his inaugural address emphasized the need for collaboration among SAARC countries in areas of mutual interest. He also stressed on the importance of quality and safety of animal feed ingredients and the final products. He spoke on the importance of application of latest technologies in ruminant production, similar to that followed in the poultry sector.
Dr V Sridhar, General Manager (AN), NDDB, Anand, the Guest of Honour, briefed about the various activities of NDDB, including the Quality Mark. He mentioned that quality of ingredients contributes 60 % and the processing accounts for 40 % of the final product.
Dr Raghavendra Bhatta, Director, NIANP and course director gave an overview about the current programme as well as the various training programmes being organized at ICAR- NIANP.
Dr Nure Alam Siddiky, the progamme coordinator of SAARC Agricultural Centre (SAC), Bangladesh highlighted the livestock wealth in SAARC region and the challenges faced by the livestock sector such as scarcity of quality raw materials, climate change etc. He also briefed about the various activities of the SAC.
The hands- on- training included proximate analysis of feed and fodders, quality control and safety measures for animal feeds, feed microscopy, estimation of macro and micro minerals, Aflatoxin analysis, lignolytic enzyme production etc.
15 participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India are participating in this training programme.
(Source: ICAR- National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bangalore)