UVAS, ILRI mull collaboration towards uplift of livestock sector

April 23, 2013

Livestock Sector
Livestock Sector

The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) discussed possibilities of collaboration in research, training and value chain activities for the development of livestock sector.

A two member ILRI delegation comprising its Agricultural Economist Mils Teufel and Regional Project Co-ordinator Sri Lanka Professor MNM Ibrahim called on Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and discussed areas of collaboration between the two institutes. Dean Animal Production Technology Professor Dr Muhammad Abdullah, Professor Dr Nasim Ahmad and UVAS Business Incubation Centre Director Dr Arshad H Hashmi were also present in the meeting.

Vice Chancellor briefed the delegation on the academic, research, extension and advisory services of the UVAS. He said that the UVAS was actively involved in development-oriented applied research and other activities besides imparting education and training to students, professionals, para-professionals and farmers. He said that the university was running Rs 355.68 million research projects, which the university faculty had won from national and international funding agencies.

Professor Pasha told the delegation that the UVAS had the largest DNA bank of different species of animals while the University Diagnostic Laboratory conducted the highest number of ISO-certified conventional and molecular diagnostic tests for livestock and poultry. The UVAS Quality Operation Lab was also producing vaccines by using local strains against foot and mouth disease and hemorrhagic septicemia, which was quite effective in both diseases at the same time, he said, adding that the UVAS 24/7 Extension Service was providing services to farmers on their doorsteps around the clock.

The delegation members said that ILRI was working on improving food security and reducing poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. They desired collaboration with the UVAS in research, training and value chain activities in livestock sector. Source Business Recorder

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