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Buffalo, the 'Black gold' of India is already shining with a glittering future. This dairy species has been creating headlines commanding high price tags while also contributing immensely to animal protein needs of veterinary population of the country, as well as earning foreign exchange through surging export of buffalo meat. The country has made a grand spectre on the World stage being top milk producer & leading meat exporter – with crucial contribution of 71.3 Million tones milk (53 % of total) and 86 per cent of the exported meat from buffalo alone.
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buffalo-in-newsICAR-CIRB become India’s second center to produce a cloned buffalo

Hisar: In a unique achievement, Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Director, ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) informed that institute scientists produced cloned calf ‘HISAR  GOURAV’ on December 11, 2015 at 11:30 AM, birth weight of 40.4 kg born through normal delivery. This cloned buffalo calf is distinct from the earlier clones produced in India, as this  is produced from cells of ventral side of tail of superior buffalo bull, this part is least exposed to sunlight and may have less mutation rate, and can  be good choice for isolation of donor cells to produce healthy clones. The newborn cloned calf is maintaining good health and showing normal activities. Dr Singh emphasized that the use of adult somatic cells of proven males or quality females for cloning can bring revolution by multiplying the superior buffalo germplasm in country. With this achievement CIRB becomes world’s third and India’s second institute to produce cloned buffalo. 

 


This achievement has been made under the project entitled, Cloning for conservation and multiplication of superior buffalo germplasm. The team of scientists lead by Dr Prem Singh Yadav includes Dr. N.L. Selokar, Dr. R.K. Sharma, Dr. Dharmendra Kumar and Dr. Sudhir Khanna. Dr. Yadav informed that objective of this project is to clone of superior males and females and this calf is the clone of Superior Murrah bull (Mu-435).

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 Director, CIRB showing champion buffalo bull to Hon'ble PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji during 'Krishi Unnati Mela' 

 

 

Director ICAR-CIRB, Dr. Inderjeet Singh explaining the importance of elite buffalo germplasm to Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji at the ‘Krishi Unnati Mela' on March 19th 2016 at IARI, Pusa, New Delhi.  Hon'ble PM took keen interest in the elite buffalo animals showed by the institute in the mela. Dr. Singh told Hon’ble PM that buffaloes alone contribute about 53% of country's milk production and because of this only the country is No. 1 in milk production. Further, buffalo meat earns the country thirty thousand crore annually. The farmers are earning extra income from buffaloes and they fit best for 'Make in India' slogan.

 

 
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Agreement for Commercialization of Area Specific Mineral Mixture

ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes entered into an agreement for a period of ten years on non-exclusive basis with Titanic Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. on 5th May 2016, for commercialization of Area Specific Mineral Mixture (ASMM) developed by the scientists of the Institute. Under this agreement, ICAR-CIRB will provide the know-how of the said ASMM technology to Titanic Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. Use of ASMM is very important for scientific feeding of buffaloes to meet their nutritional requirements. Supplementation of rations with ASMM helps to improve production. It also helps to reduce reproductive problems in buffaloes.

 At present, CIRB is preparing ASMM for demonstrating the technology to farmers and for use in the ration of buffaloes on its own farm. The institute is not manufacturing ASMM on large scale. Considering the popularity of ASMM among farmers and increasing demand, this agreement was signed so that its commercial production can be initiated and large number of farmers may benefit from its use. The agreement was signed by Director, CIRB Dr. Inderjeet Singh and Director, Titanic Pharmaceuticals, Sh. Chandi Ram. On this occasion Dr. B S Punia, Head, Division of Animal Nutrition & Feed Technology, Dr. V.B. Dixit, In-charge Institute Technology Management Unit, Sh. Chetan Issar, Administrative Officer and Sh. Mahesh Kumar, Finance and Account Officer were also present. 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 
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