Academics from various universities across the country, farmers and civil society members have expressed concern over the dangers to endangered indigenous breeds of cattle in Sindh. The need to reach out to Farmers was emphasized.

Speaking at the inauguration of the National Center for Livestock Breeding, Genetics and Genomics sub-center at the SAU the experts said that buffaloes, goats, the number of purebred breeds of various livestock, including sheep, has become extremely limited, there is a special need for modern technology and farmer’s guidance for their protection.

Sub-Center of National Livestock Breeding, Genetics and Genomics was established at the Department of Animal Reproduction, Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Sindh Agriculture University in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission.

Addressing to the inauguration ceremony Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri said that Sindh is the second largest milk and meat producing province in the country, but there is a danger of limiting the hereditary and rare breeds of animals, there is an urgent need to save and Sindh Agriculture University is well aware of its role in this regard and is committed to disseminating the results of the advanced research of our experts to the farmers.

Dr. Qamar Uz Zaman, Vice Chancellor, Pir Mehar Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi said that there are excellent livestock opportunities in Sindh, research work and interest of experts in University is commendable. “Agriculture and livestock have now converted in the industry, so the Public, Private and Academia will have to work on joint projects,” he said. While for the benefit of the farmers of this country including Sindh, the university will play its role in imparting this technology to the common farmers through its experts.

Dr. Bekha Ram Devrajani, Vice Chancellor, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, said that Sindh Agriculture University has the best infrastructure for various experiments in animal husbandry and Veterinary Sciences; we want to start research work in various fields with the SAU at the laboratories of Faculty.

Ali Akbar Dars a Progressive Farmer said that there was a time when our Thari cows used to produce 20 to 22 kg of milk at Nabi Sir Cattle Farm, later, due to the change in race, she has now come down to two kilograms, purebred cows are still producing the best on my personal farm,” he said. “Given the interest of the university administration, experts and research work today, we hope to save our own breeds of hereditary animals.

Dr. Parshotam Khatri, in-charge of the project, while giving a detailed briefing on the project, said that the center would conserve the reproductive pure seed of cattle, buffaloes, cows, goats, sheep and other livestock. in this regard, field work will also be done for the rare breeds, while the endangered species of healthy and rare and best animals of Sindh will be saved. As well as DNA tests will also be conducted to verify purebreds,

Dr. Syed Ghiyasuddin Shah Rashdi, Dean, Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Dr. Aqeel Memon, Dr. Rehana Bariro and others also addressed the function.

Earlier, Dr. Fateh Marri, Vice Chancellor SAU Tandojam, Dr. Qamar Uz Zaman, Vice Chancellor, Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi. Dr. Bekharam Devrajani, Vice Chancellor Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro, Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibuputo, Vice Chancellor Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur Mirs, Dr Bhai Khan Shar, Vice Chancellor Shaheed Allah Bakhsh Soomro University of Art Design and Heritage and others inaugurated the sub-center and laboratory of the National Center for Livestock Breeding Genetics and Genomics.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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