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Annual Review Meeting of Network Project of Sheep Improvement (NWPSI) and Mega Sheep Seed Project (MSSP) was organized at Arid Region Campus of ICAR-Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Bikaner on 29th-30th July 2015. This meeting was chaired by Hon’ble DDG (Animal Science), Prof. K.M.L. Pathak and presided by Dr. Arjava Sharma, Director, ICAR-National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal and Dr. S.M.K. Naqvi, Director, ICAR-Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar. It was attended by Dr. Vineet Bhasin, Principal Scientist, ICAR Head Quarter, Dr. Arun Kumar, Head(AG&B), ICAR-CSWRI, Dr. A.K. Patel, Head, ARC, Bikaner, Dr. H. K. Narula, Pr. Scientist, ARC, Bikaner, Dr. L.L.L. Prince, Incharge, PC Cell, NWPSI, Dr. S.S. Misra, Incharge, PC Cell, MSSP and PIs and Co-PIs of eleven cooperating units of NWPSI and MSSP from different parts of the country.

The main objective of the projects is genetic improvement of indigenous sheep breeds through selection and dissemination of superior germplasm to the farmers’ flock. The progress made by the units during 2014-15 was reviewed. Prof. Pathak stressed that the achievements shown by the units need to be thoroughly reviewed keeping in view the specific targets assigned to them.

Dr. S.M.K. Naqvi, Project Coordinator and Director, CSWRI presented the Project Coordinator’s Annual Reports of NWPSI and MSSP, Action Taken Report on the recommendations of last review meeting, PC’s observations and critical evaluation report of each unit. The progress report of four farm based units viz. Marwari, Muzaffarnagri, Deccani and Nellore sheep and two field based units viz. Madras Red and Magra sheep under NWPSI were presented and discussed. Progress report of five units under MSSP viz. Chhotanagpuri, Mandya, Mecheri, Sonadi and Malpura sheep were also presented and discussed. The meeting suggested necessary recommendations to further improve the performance of different units. The proceedings of the meeting were coordinated by Dr. A. K. Patel, Head, ARC, Bikaner.

Professor K.M.L. Pathak, D.D.G. (Animal Science) inaugurated Technological Park at ARC, ICAR-CSWRI, Bikaner and tree plantation was done by all the dignitaries. Annual progress reports, training manual and 3 folders on sheep management and improvement were also released during this meeting.