RAJSHAHI, May 9, 2023 (BSS) - A two-month long training for the unemployed youths on artificial breeding and regeneration began at Narkelbaria campus of Rajshahi University (RU) today.
RU Veterinary and Animal Science Faculty and Brac jointly organized the training course aimed at transforming the youths into skilled and competent workforce in the field of artificial insemination and breeding of livestock.
Vice-chancellor Prof Golam Sabbir Sattar addressed the opening ceremony as chief guest, while Pro-vice-chancellors Prof Sultan-Ul-Islam and Prof Humayun Kabir spoke as special guests with faculty dean Prof Jalal Uddin Sarder in the chair.
Deputy General Manager (Artificial Insemination) of Brac Dr Farukul Islam and Enterprise Manager Dr Matiur Rahman also spoke on the occasion, while Prof Akhtarul Islam from the faculty welcomed the participants.
Prof Golam Sabbir stressed the need for more intensive research on the genetic factors of domestic animals for generating more high-milking cows.
Importance should be given on preserving high quality semen in laboratories from cattle after importing the specimens. "If the high-breed cow can give 50 litre milk per day, why not the others," he added.
Modern technology helps increase milk production by one kg from every cow on an average for the last couple of years.
He, however, said artificial insemination has a vital role to play in expansion of cattle breeding and the efforts should be expanded successfully through bringing all the villages under the coverage.
Prof Sabbir hoped that the training will contribute a lot towards expanding the artificial breeding technology to the target group of people.
He urged the participants to apply the new ideas to be acquired from the course so that the livestock farmers can derive total benefits of the programme.
In his remarks, Prof Sultan-Ul-Islam said the artificial insemination is now being judged as proven technology and the genetic development of the livestock animal could be ensured through adequate promotion of the technology.
He said production of both milk and meat would be enhanced when the technology could be reached towards the doorsteps of the grassroots farmers successfully.