Chandigarh, Jan 10 – Brazil has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Haryana for assistance in Murrah breed improvement. In this direction, a five-member Brazilian Delegation called on the Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar, at his residence here late evening yesterday.

Brazalian Minister of Agriculture and Livestock and Dr. Guilherme Minssen, Technical Director, Federation of Agriculture and Livestock, Bele̓m, State of Para, Brazil, and Dr. Jose Otavio Lemos, Animal Scientist, ABCZ High Director, Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil and Mr. Venugopal BadaravadThe delegation included Dr. Jose Ribamar Felipe Marques, Director, Buffalo Research and Development, Embrapa Eastern Amazon, Dr. Tarisio da Cruz Mesqa, Brazilian Citizen cum Member of Central Advisory Committee, Rashtriya Gokul Mission, Government of India.

On the occasion, Additional Chief Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, Dr. Sunil Gulati informed that Haryana is interested in A2A2 Breed Improvement program with the help of ABCZ for testing A2A2 indigenous cows. Apart from this, the State is also willing to go for exchange of semen and can provide good quality of Murrah semen. He said that the experts from Brazil would impart training to teachers, students and officers of the Department at Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar. Initially the training programme would be organised for three months, he added.

Others present on the occasion included Director General, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, Mr. Hardeep Singh, Chairman, Pashudhan Vikas Board, representatives of Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar and officers of the Department.