The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha has said that the short-term private sector insemination training workshops are playing havoc wit the livestock as well as small farmers. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the two-day training workshop on livestock extension services on Monday at Syndicate room. The workshop was organised by Agriculture Support Linkages Programme (ASLP) in collaboration with Charles Sturt University (CSU) Australia and UVAS. UVAS Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that the private’s sector one month training workshops were not imparting quality practical training that were leading to complication for animals.
In directly, the small farmers were also facing the brunt of complication to animal health. Professor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha categorically pointed out the bitter reality regarding the semen production he said that 2.5 million semen doses were produced by public sector and 3.5 million doses by private sector. He questioned the quality of semen adding that what was the parameter regarding selection of bull and progeny test program.
“The small livestock farmers are the actual assets of Pakistan’s livestock farming but they are facing tremendous challenges to run their businesses” he added. Vice Chancellor said that university had produced combine oil based HS (haemorrhagic septicaemia) and FMD (foot and mouth disease) vaccine.
These disease were causing by economic lose to the farmers and adversely affected the animal health in this regard. He said it had great importance of extension training for the sake of livestock improvement and to enhance milk meat potential across the country. ASLP Project Manager Hassan Mehmood Warraich briefed about the farm management techniques and how to disseminate effective extension services adding that we had working on community farm development. He said that almost 11 veterinary institutions were engaged such project across the county.
While speaking at the orientation ceremony of DVM students UVAS Vice Chancellor has urged the students to further enhance and harness their skills and apply their knowledge in the field for the uplift of farmer’s community. He said that it was the prime time to learn more and more when you entered in professional life you loose the chance of learning. He stressed the students be focused on their studies and overcome their educational shortcomings.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2012