Major research areas :
Dr. Raghavendra Bhatta
M. V. Sc., Ph. D. (Animal Nutrition), Post-doctorate (Japan)
Small Ruminant Nutrition, Climate change, Enteric methane estimation and amelioration
With the dawn of New Year 2018, I wish to extend warm greetings to all of you for a Very Happy, Healthy and Productive year throughout.
In November 2017, our Institute completed twenty two years of its fruitful existence by serving the Nation with its significant contributions in the field of Animal Nutrition and Physiology. The Institute scientists have received lot of accolades and recognitions for their work catering to the mandate and objectives of the organization, I am aware that it is not enough to gloss over and be complacent. As the cliché goes, we have miles to go before we rest.
During 2017, the institute was awarded ICAR Best Annual Report by the Hon. Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singhji. The Institute also received the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Certificate.
The Institute in association with Indian Poultry Science Association (IPSA) organized the XXXIV Annual Poultry Science Conference (IPSACON 2017) from 28-30th November 2017 at NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bengaluru. The theme of the conference was “Innovations for safe and sustainable poultry production”. More than 350 delegates representing research, academia and industry participated in this conference. Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE and Director General (ICAR) was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory function on 30th November 2017. He called on the Industry to actively participate in the Research and Development activities involving poultry. He asked the industry to prepare the road-map for reaching the targeted egg and meat production. He also suggested the creation of Research Chairs in the name of Eminent Poultry Researchers in the country.
I am also happy to share with you that in addition to two ongoing International collaborative projects with University of Kassel and Georg-August-University of Göttingen, Germany and University of Shinshu and National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science, Japan, we bagged another international collaborative project with Szent Istvan University, Budapest, Hungary with funding support of more than Rs. 1.0 crore. We were awarded an International consultancy project with Sub-Saharan Africa programe, ICARDA on ’Development of ration balancing tool for growing lambs and fattening sheep’. The senior delegates from the French Embassy, India – Bengaluru, visited the institute for possible collaborative research projects with research institutes in France and NIANP.
The Institute is leading an AICRP on ‘Nutritional and Physiological Interventions for Enhancing Reproductive Performance in Animals’ with 11 centres and an Outreach Programme on ‘Estimation of Methane Emission under Different Feeding Systems and Development of Mitigation Strategies’ with 5 centres. Although this institute is established for conducting basic and fundamental research in Animal Nutrition and Physiology, we have developed many farmer friendly technologies. To support this effort, ICAR has given a new Farmer FIRST programme component of KVK scheme.
A state of the art Small Animal House is under construction and likely to be completed in few months. The facility also includes climate chambers for simulating different ambient conditions to identify the climate resilient breed of livestock.
I am happy to say that the ICAR-NIANP has a cohesive group of scientists and capability to meet the expectations. With this positive note, I once again wish a pleasant year ahead and seek your cooperation and suggestions in our endeavour.