ICAR-IVRI organized interface meet with the Veterinary Officers of Uttar Pradesh on 30th January 2015 at Lucknow Interface meet between Veterinary Officers of Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh and Scientists of Indian Veterinary Research Institute was held on 30th January, 2015 at Directorate of Animal Husbandry, Lucknow, wherin, 130Veterinarians including higher officials from the state department of animal husbandry participated. The programme was inaugurated by Dr Rudra Pratap, Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Uttar Pradesh. Four Additional Directors of the SDAH of UP i.e., Dr P.S. Gautam, Dr H.S. Malik, Dr A.P. Singh and Dr Rajesh Varshney were also present. Dr Rudra Pratap in his inaugural address emphasized on the role of the research organizations in generation of technology and the role of veterinary officials of SDAH in transferring the technologies to the field level. He was very much enthusiastic about the Interface being organized and remarked that such meets should be held frequently to bridge the gap between technology generation and its transfer to the field level. He was of the opinion that the livestock farms maintained by the SDAH can be used by the IVRI for extension of the ready to use technologies developed by the institute. The technical session of the interface meet included various presentations on technologies developed by the institute for better production, reproduction and health care of the livestock. Dr Rudra Pratap stated that services and facilities available at IVRI, especially various biologicals and diagnostics can be utilized by the Department of Animal Husbandry of Uttar Pradesh. He also showed interest in the various herbal technologies developed by the institute and its transfer to the state Department. He was also of the opinion to hold interactive meeting of the IVRI scientists with the higher officials of the SDAH to decide on the various administration and policy issues with regards to the disease control, epizootics, quality issues, enforcement and animal welfare issues. The technical session was followed by discussions between the Field veterinarians and the scientists about the problems in the field and their solutions. Various issues were raised by the field veterinarians on which they suggested that IVRI could intervene and suggest some solutions either through research or by helping in formulation of appropriate policy. Major issues highlighted in the meet were the standardization of the herbal products and the quality control issue, antibiotic resistance in the various districts of UP and measures to control them, ethical issues on the use of hormones for animal treatment, policy decisions on use of herd approach for solving various animal problems, species specific studies for various diseases , difference in symptoms and the drug doses for treatment, newer technologies for fast collection of serum samples from animals in the field situation, technologies for accurate differentiation of meat from various animals and birds, protocol/ research studies for identifying the meat from naturally dead animal and slaughtered animals, determination of permissible level of various poisons in the animal bodies and their effect, Quality control of feed ingredients and technologies related to feed supplements being sold in the market besides check/control on export vis-à-vis use of feed ingredients in other industries ( as country faces huge deficit of feeds and fodders). It was also emphasized by the SDAH officials that IVRI should conduct such interface meet regularly for sharing of technologies generated and for suggesting effective utilization of the technologies at the field level.
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