REPORT ON COMPREHENSIVE REFRESHER PROGRAMME (CRP-9) CONDUCTED BY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR AHIMAL HUSBANDRY (CEAH),HESSARGHATTA, BENGALURU, 560088
FROM 07TH TO 11th SEPTEMBER 2023 FOR ASSISTANT PROFESSORS OF TAMILNADU UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY& ANIMAL SCIENCES (TANUVAS), TAMILNADU
CEAH-Bengaluru-Animal Husbandry Academy of India is setup under the Government of India, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, and Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying as a consortium of 5 organizations at Hessarghatta vide Order No. F.A-430011/3/2023-Estt (HQs), dated March 14, 2023. This academy is formed as per the guidelines of the DoPT for the National Programme for Civil Service Capacity Building (NPCSCB) under the “Mission Karmayogi” of the Government of India.
CEAH-Bengaluru is spread over 642 acres, distributed on four campuses at Hessarghatta. Campus 1 consists of the Central Poultry Development Organization and Training Institute (CPDO&TI), Campus 2 consists of the Central Frozen Semen Production and Training Institute (CFSPTI) and Central Cattle Breeding Farm (CCBF), Campus 3 consists of Animal Quarantine and Certification Services (AQCS), and Campus 4 consists of the Regional Fodder Station (RFS).
CEAH Bengaluru has state-of-the-art automation units at poultry, modern dairy sheds, an ET lab, a sex-sorted semen lab, an international animal quarantine facility, and the biggest fodder unit in the country with the latest technology adoption for irrigation. The academy consists of four campuses with conference halls, classrooms, and officers and farmers hostels with boarding and lodging facilities.
CEAH Bengaluru Academy organized its Ninth Comprehensive Refresher Programme (CRP-9) for Assistant Professors of TANUVAS, Tamil Nadu, from September 7 to 11, 2023. This course is planned with a 360-degree approach for knowledge enrichment and generic issues, with the following outcomes expected to be covered:
Candidates were exposed to information on government institutions in the state and the central departments of animal husbandry and dairy across the country. The latest innovations, government schemes in both the state and central sectors, soft skills for adoption in service delivery, successful business models, project report analysis, and activity-based learning, including pre-training and post-training analysis, will motivate and train the young veterinary professionals to meet the modern challenges of the animal husbandry sector.
On September 4, 2023, Dr. P.S. Mahesh, Joint Commissioner and Director, CEAH, inaugurated the program. In his inaugural address, he briefed the mandates of CEAH Bengaluru, a consortium of five organizations that aspire to be the best animal husbandry academy in India with state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities and a robust revenue model. Later, all trainees were given a digital pre-training analysis through Google Forms by Sri. S.M. Anwar Basha with a pre-designed format to understand the training needs of officers in various subjects.
Dr. Mahesh P.S., Joint Commissioner and Director of CEAH Academy, made a presentation on the prospects of the Indian animal husbandry sector, which is estimated to be double the automobile sector (7.5 lakh crores), contributing about 15 lakh crores to the Indian GDP. The dairy sector is estimated to be about 8 to 10 lakh crores, poultry 2 lakh crores, and the rest 3 lakh crores from small ruminants, etc. The Indian animal husbandry sector is most promising, with sustained growth for the rural economy, employment, and nutritional security.
In the afternoon, trainee Dr. Sonali Nanda, Assistant Director, made a presentation on the activities of CPDO&TI, including the future proposed activities at CPDO&TI. Later, the trainee officers were taken to CEAH Campus-1 CPDO&TI to visit automation units in the poultry, feed mill, hatchery, and demo unit. They were briefed by Dr. Abhinav Choudhary and Dr. S. Balraj about the requirements of automation, the functioning of feed mills, and hatchery in the field.
On September 5, 2023, being Teachers Day, a grand celebration was made by cutting a cake on the lawns of CPDO and TI. This was followed by Dr. Abhinav Choudhary, Livestock Officer, who gave an insight into the practical aspects of sheep rearing and the management of sheep farms. Later, Dr. P. Nallappa, Managing Director, Jagadish Poultry Farm, a successful entrepreneur in poultry, made an elaborate presentation on the economics of broiler and broiler breeding farms with unit costs and suggestions for adaptation to make the poultry enterprise the most profitable venture. Sri. S.M. Anwar Basha made a presentation on the basics of animal nutrition and the importance of quality control in livestock feeds.
In the afternoon, trainees visited CEAH Campus-4 to visit Regional Fodder Station, wherein they were exposed to fodder demo plots, a fodder seed display with the brand “Fodder Gold,” followed by a demonstration of Rhodes cultivation. The trainees were taken to an artificial irrigation pond that was recently developed at this center, measuring 100 feet by 100ft x 12 feet and holding more than 20 lakh liters of water for sprinkler irrigation. Dr. Aditya and Sri Ashwathappa made presentations about fodder management for the trainees.
On September 6, 2023, Mr. Santosh, a sheep entrepreneur, presented the success story with interesting facts about Nomadic Herds of Sheep across India with very sustainable and profitable sheep farming. He mentioned in his address that money saved is money made in sheep farming with greater control over inputs. The stall feeding of sheep farming has its own challenges that require higher costs, commitment, and a proper marketing strategy. Later, this session was followed by Mr. V. Sudhindranath, Desi Cow Farming Entrepreneur of “Naati Hasu Goshala,” with the brand name “Pashu Thai,” for the products of the organization. He is maintaining more than 500 desi breeds, with more than 10 breeds of desi origin. He has been very successful in producing various products under his venture, namely, Panchagavya, Agnihastra, Balms, Phenyls, Health Products, etc., by adopting innovative interventions like chalf cutting, silage making, Gobar gas production, multistoried cow sheds, solar adaptations, etc. This session was followed by Dr. Mahesh P.S., who guided the trainees on the topic of communication and presentation skills.
In the afternoon, trainee officers visited CEAH Campus 2 to visit the facilities of the Central Frozen Semen Production and Training Institute (CFSPTI) and the Central Cattle Breeding Farm (CCBF). They appreciated the facilities of the semen lab, ET lab, cattle sheds, milk collection, etc. Dr. Bhaskar, Deputy Commissioner; Dr. Atulya M., Assistant Commissioner; and Dr. Abdul Salam, Livestock Officer, explained the facilities. This was followed by presentations by Dr. Arun Prasad, Joint Commissioner. CFSPTI on the activities of CFSPTI.
On September 7, 2023, the session started at 9.00 a.m. with Dr. Gopa Kumar, CEO and Managing Director of DLG Farms India (USA), on successful piggery enterprises in detail with an ideal 3-way crossing, breeder model, franchise model, piglet fattening model, etc. to make piggery one of the most successful enterprises. Later, the trainee officers visited the National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (NIVEDI), Yelahanka, Bengaluru.
Prof. Dr. Vivek Patil from KVAFSU, Bengaluru, dealing with animal husbandry projects and analysis online deliberation, demonstrated salient features of the dairy project in detail, including calculation of ratios and feasibility concerns.
In the afternoon, trainees visited CEAH Campus-3 Animal Quarantine Certification Services (AQCS). Dr. Tapan Kumar Sahu, Deputy Commissioner, along with Dr. Nivedita, Quarantine Inspector, made presentations about the requirements of the export and import of livestock products through AQCS Bengaluru and the provisions of the Livestock Importation Act. Later, they were shown all the facilities at AQCS. In the evening, for the first time, CEAH Academy introduced “activity-based learning,” which was conducted by Dr. Abirami from NSB Academy Bengaluru. Trainee officers and the CEAH academy team participated with the highest enthusiasm.
On the last day, September 8, 2023, trainees visited “Naati Hasu Goshala” at Kakolu early in the morning at 7 a.m. to appreciate the activities at the Desi Cattle Farm. This is followed by Dr. Vinod Bhat, Joint Commissioner, Govt. of India, and Secretary, Veterinary Council of India, who joined online for the presentation on the Veterinary Council of India and issues of the veterinary profession. The last session was presented by Dr. Mahesh P.S. with a future vision of the animal husbandry sector and vets as successful entrepreneurs. Mr. S.M. Anwar Basha issued trainees post-training Google Forms to seek their feedback in both Google Forms and written forms.
This special program for assistant professors at TANUVAS was well received, and it was requested to be increased to 10 days so that it would meet their requirements for career advancement. “The teachers became well-motivated students and inspired to create future leaders in their university.”
The CRP-9 program concluded with a valedictory function. Each trainee officer was given a kit consisting of an executive bag, CEAH memento, certificate, group photograph, and a card drive (pen drive) consisting of all the presentations made during the five days. The trainee officers expressed their satisfaction, and they rated the program as excellent in both “Google forms under post-training analysis and written feedback.
Dr. Mahesh P.S., Joint Commissioner and Director, acknowledged the tireless efforts of the entire Academy Team, both the front end and back end, consisting of logistics, hotel arrangements, the outdoor team, etc., to make this program very successful.