Sustainable use of genetic diversity to protect livestock & wildlife

Sustainable use of genetic diversity to protect livestock & wildlife

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BAU CORRESPONDENT
Indigenous livestock and wild relatives have been lost day by day in our country. Farmworkers are rearing livestock of developing varieties to get higher profits in a short period of time. As a result, our indigenous varieties are at extinct point. To Conserve of indigenous livestock for future generation and their contribution to livelihoods through enhanced use, Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Bangladesh Agricultural University and national project director UNEP-GEF-ILRI FAnGR Asia Project Professor Dr. AK Fazlul Haque Bhuiyan conducted to aware rearing indigenous chicken and goats to farmworkers, use of Superior Indigenous chicken and goats etc at Jhenaigati Upazilla in Sherpur district.
A national exit workshop was held at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), Farmgate, Dhaka of this project yesterday on 11 am. Dr. Md. Nurul Islam, dean of Animal Husbandry, BAU presided over the programme while Mr. Narayan Chandra Chanda, state minister, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock as a chief guest presented on workshop. Also Prof. Dr. MA Sattar Mandal, Ex-VC BAU as an honorable chief guest, Dr. Ally Okeyo Mwai, ILRI, Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. David Montague, Interim National Director, World Vision Bangladesh presented.
Effective tools to support decision making for the conservation and sustainable use of indigenous FAnGR and their wild relatives in developing countries, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya took a project named “Development and Application of Decision-Support Tools to Conserve and Sustainably Use Genetic Diversity in Indigenous Livestock and Wild Relatives’’ in four countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka and Vietnam. In every country indigenous livestock was chosen from their eco-social view, among them indigenous chicken and goats in Bangladesh, goats in Pakistan, chicken and pig in Sri-Lanka, pig in Vietnam.

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