Three-month long basic artificial insemination training under the National Project for Cattle and Buffalo Breeding (NPCBB) concluded on Friday at SIA Conference Hall, Kohima. A total of 14 trainees from different parts of the State participated in the training.
Mention may be made here that NPCBB is a flagship programme of the Central Government launched in 2000. It aimed at genetic upgradation with a focus on development and conservation of important indigenous breeds. NPCBB is being implemented in two phases each of five years duration, with an allocation of Rs. 402 crore and Rs. 775.87 crore for Phase I and II respectively. The project envisages 100 percent grant-in-aid to Implementing Agencies.
The objectives of the schemes was to arrange delivery of vastly improved artificial insemination service at the farmers doorstep; bring all breed able females among cattle and buffalo under organized breeding through artificial insemination or natural service by high quality bulls within a period of 10 years and undertake breed improvement programme for indigenous cattle and buffaloes so as to improve the genetic makeup as well as their availability.
Exhorting the trainees during the valedictory function, Managing Director Dr. L. S. Moses encouraged them to sincerely carry out their services for the general welfare of the people. He wished them success in their endeavour while also distributing the training certificates and Artificial Insemination kits to the participants.
Project Director, Dr. Kevesiei Chakhesang also delivered short speech on the occasion while V. James and Watirenla shared their experiences and feedback about the training and thanked the department for providing them with a self-employment opportunity.
At present twenty eight States, including Nagaland and one Union Territory are participating under the project. The training was organized by State Implementing Agency (SIA) under Nagaland Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Department.