Livestock related technical backstopping for KVK Scientists -need of the hour

Ludhiana 30 January 2020-Directorate of Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, organized a one day Workshop-cum-Training Program on “Latest Advances in Livestock, Poultry and Fisheries” for the scientists of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), Regional Research and Training centers (RRTCs) as well as University those who are regularly engaged in various extension activities. The workshop was attended by 31 scientists from KVKs, RRTCs and from University. Dr. S K Kansal, Course Coordinator welcomed all the participants.

On this occasion Dr. H K Verma, Director Extension Education-cum-Course Director presided over function and interacted with the scientists and appraised the work done by all the KVKs in the welfare of livestock farming community of Punjab. He said that livestock, poultry and fish farming is an important aspect for the farmers for the income generation as well as livelihood security and University is continuously making efforts for farmers, farm women and rural youth to skill them in different areas of Dairy, Piggery, Goatry, Poultry, Fisheries and Value addition so that they can start their own venture and can gain maximum return from their livestock based enterprises. Dr. Verma said that Livestock, Poultry, & Fisheries related technical backstopping for the KVK Scientists is the need of the hour & must be braced every six months to one year.

He stressed upon the extension approaches and services provided by the University and highlighted the achievements, technologies, ICT tools released by GADVASU for enhancement the farmer’s income. He also highlighted the scope of social media in transferring the need based technologies and extension services to the farming community. A compendium of lectures prepared by the Directorate for the KVK Scientists was also released by the dignitaries of GADVASU.

During the workshop experts from GADVASU delivered their presentations on important topics viz; Nutritional interventions, Pig farming, Goat farming, Backyard poultry and scope of Fish farming in Punjab. The participants interacted on these topics and cleared their doubts. The workshop was coordinated by Dr. Jaswinder Singh and Dr. Y S Jadoun and vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Kulvinder Singh.

Dr. A S Nanda, Vice Chancellor of the University appreciated the efforts of the Directorate and team members for successful organization of the workshop.



Ludhiana 30 January 2020 -The new virus, reported recently from Wuhan city of China has captured worldwide attention. This new virus which is temporarily named “2019-nCoV is a corona virus , which is a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). In humans, this virus causes respiratory infections which are typically mild including the common cold but rarer forms like SARS and MERS can be lethal. In cows, pigs, dogs and cats they may cause diarrhea, while in chickens it can cause an upper respiratory disease. This information was shared by Dr Kirti Dua, Incharge Centre for Wildlife Studies and Professor Veterinary Medicine, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana,

He revealed that it appears that animal-based corona virus jump into humans and cause severe illness only on rare occasions. But when they jump, they may mutate during their multiplication. In the present scenario, it is suspected that wildlife food trade in Wuhan city, which includes, bats, civets, porcupines, turtles, bamboo rats and many kids of birds played a significant role in the virus outbreak. He informed that Human-to-human spread has been confirmed but how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading remains unknown. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment.

World Health Organization’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses also include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices. There are some remedies for safety purpose, frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands. Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider. While visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals. The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.