Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day-in and day-out
On the occasion of New Year 2023, I convey my warm and hearty wishes for the wellbeing of all the viewers, well-wishers and stakeholders of ICAR-NIANP, Bengaluru. When a year comes to an end and another begins, it is usual for us to take a deep breath, look behind the path we have travelled and glance over the distance ahead in our continuous journey and plan for creating goalposts and crossing the milestones.
Having overcome ‘corona fatigue’ of last several months, albeit, not allowing it to fog our minds, we at NIANP continued to march ahead with renewed vigour and did cross few milestones in the preceding year as well.
During the year, the anti-methanogenic feed supplement ‘Harit Dhara’, developed by the Institute was commercialized to M/s Saideep Exports Pvt. Ltd., M/s Core Carbonx Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and BAIF, Pune on a non-exclusive basis, through AgriInnovate India. The feedback received in this regard has been quite encouraging. This product has the potential towards stabilizing the global warming process besides enhancing the productivity of the animal by re-channelizing the saved biological energy. We have also brought out a feed supplement named ‘Ome-B’ and it is commercialized to M/s Gou Agritech (P) Limited. The supplement, when fed to the cows along with normal feed, helps in increasing fat content of milk, thus, enabling the farmers in getting better acceptance and remuneration from the dairy cooperatives when the milk is sold. The supplement has been field tested and validated, and soon the Institute is going to undertake widespread demonstration amongst the livestock owners for its popularization.
During the year, the Institute has added two important infrastructure facilities: 1) Farmers-cum-Students Hostel and 2) Community Hall. These facilities were inaugurated by Ku. Shobha Karandlaje, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India in June. With the availability of the hostel, we will be able to host more and more number of farmers for disseminating our technologies through workshops/training programmes, and enhancing skills and knowledge by educating the students by enrolling them for their research work and internship in different disciplines.
The Institute hosted an International Workshop on ‘Climate Change and Livestock Production: Current Scenario and Way Forward’, sponsored by Australia-India Council, Australia. Some of the scientists of the Institute, including the undersigned, were chosen for different Awards during the year, such as, Fellow of NAVSc, Membership of NAVSc, Associate Fellowship, Smt. Anne Shikhamany Memorial Award, and Award for Outstanding Contribution in Climate Science & Environment Sustainability.
Into its 27th Year of inception of the NIANP, foremost recognition for the Institute came when the ICAR selected NIANP for the prestigious Sardar Patel Outstanding Institution Award (for the second time within a span of a decade). The undersigned had the honour of receiving the Award from the Hon’ble Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in July. One more recognition for the Institute was selection of NIANP for being the Outstanding Institute, by the Outlook Agritech Summit. This Award was also received by the undersigned from the hon’ble Union minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in September. The ICAR had entrusted the undersigned with the onerous task of coordinating in documenting data/information on ‘Updation of Nutrient Requirements for different species of livestock, poultry and fish’. I am happy to say that the data has since been updated and documented and soon these will be published.
Dear Viewers, in its relentless path of achieving excellence these are some of the footprints the Institute has left during the year 2022. As the tag line I have quoted, whatever success we have achieved is the sum of small efforts repeated day-in and day-out. All the same, as Thomas Jefferson observed - 'Dreams of the future are better than the history of the past', and we in the NIANP are quite aware of and do dream and aim at bigger and better challenges to achieve in the coming year(s), venture into more and diversified areas of research, particularly in the backdrop of environmental impact and role and effects of global climate change on livestock development, need for increasing nutritional efficiency for enhanced production and productivity of livestock due to diminishing natural resources, increased demand for livestock products in developing countries, and innovations in animal management. Quite a few organizations continue to evince their interest in our work and gain knowledge about our technologies and we are confident that with the collective efforts of our faculty, cooperation and positive encouragement of our stakeholders, more and more cooperation and collaboration with different organizations, the NIANP will continue to make its strong impact in the field of animal nutrition and physiology research for the betterment of farmers, feed industries, and all those involved in livestock research at national and international level.
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