And at nowadays a Special Economic Zone for livestock research. At this rate, I am certain nosotros volition before long cause got SEZs for dogs together with cats. And then, who know somebody may come upwardly amongst a to a greater extent than imaginative stance of setting upwardly an SEZ for guinea pigs. After all, yous postulate them for medical together with pharma research. We tin hand the axe for certain seek reason for setting upwardly an SEZ for edifice a world cast render midpoint for guinea pigs/mouse.
The entire SEZ draw concern has gone likewise far. I am certain some conservationist closed to 24-hour interval volition demand an SEZ for tigers, elephants together with donkeys.
While yous together with me were sleeping, the Andhra Pradesh primary government minister has already inaugurated an SEZ for livestock enquiry inward Jan 2009. Name it on Indira Gandhi or her family, together with the political leadership falls inward line. This 1 is called Indira Gandhi Advanced Research on Livestock, together with is located inward Pulivendula inward Kadapa district on AP.
The livestock enquiry SEZ is spread over 644 acres.
I wonder when volition nosotros have SEZ for human beings? Why can’t nosotros brand the entire province an SEZ for its 1.1 billion people? Why produce nosotros postulate to create islands of prosperity inward the sea of deprivity, squalor together with hunger?
Anyway, I depict your attending to an article past times Kanchi Kohli on the livestock SEZ. It is an eye-opener.
Now, a Livestock SEZ!
A duad of months dorsum a colleague inward the NGO sector pointed me to a novel proposal that has been seems to last working its trend to reality. I could non believe what I was hearing. I had heard of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) of dissimilar kinds: pharma, data technology, pharmaceuticals, petrochemicals together with so on. And at nowadays at that topographic point was 1 which is going to last linked amongst a the establishment of a enquiry midpoint to comport out studies of all kinds on India’s Livestock.
This enquiry midpoint called Indira Gandhi Centre for Advanced Research on Livestock (IGCARL) spread over 644 acres is going to last located inward Pulivendula inward Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh is gear upwardly every bit a Public Private Partnership initiative. It is supposed to last a globe cast facility to last gear upwardly nether Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU), Tirupati every bit an autonomous institution. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has already given permission for it inward 2007.
I am certain all of yous are intrigued to know to a greater extent than virtually this globe cast centre! As they say, yous dig deeper together with the plot thickens. The primary focus of the enquiry midpoint is geared towards biotechnology together with animate existence genetics. Pasted proudly on their website are really of import together with finest livestock breeds which most of yous volition last aware of. Ongole cattle, Murrah buffalo, Punganur Bull together with Aseel chicken are upfront on their focus. There are plans to freeze together with export the embryo together with germplasm of closed to or few each of these indigenous breeds. The side past times side stated footstep is cistron modification for ameliorate production together with reproduction. The production of vaccines is also on the cards. And ofcourse 1 time this enquiry midpoint pumps inward all this examine they volition desire to seek propriety rights over their products: through patents.
I was aware that the draw concern of agriculture had crept into the livestock enquiry sector long back. After all at that topographic point has been substantial amount of aid that the Government of Republic of Republic of India has been receiving from International Financial Institutions similar the World Bank. The IGCARL is headed that trend too. And at the same time, at that topographic point are also many enquiry universities which are into straightaway collaborations amongst somebody companies. But an SEZ is 1 affair I was even so to come upwardly across.
The few farmers I cause got had the privilege of knowing are also cattle rearers. Farm together with livestock inward Republic of Republic of India are inseparable together with gratuitous to each other. Infact primarily agricultural communities cause got lived inward tandem amongst pastoralists, when biodiverse farms oftentimes travel havens of livestock feed. I am aware that this has changed inward many parts of the country, where both the farm every bit good every bit livestock are inward the gamut of industrial production geared for the market. It is also a fact that it is this monoculture tillage together with mechanised livestock farming that has borne the brunt of illness together with death.
But IGCARL has its ain agenda. Like whatsoever other corporation, this enquiry midpoint is inviting tenders or expressions of involvement past times “developers”. I desire to inquire each 1 of our readers every bit to what they would intend would last the implications of transforming cattle rearing every bit a livelihood to a enterprise of novel cattle creation? To me it sounds unacceptable, only since each 1 of yous reading this is closer to farm realities than I am, I stance nosotros could all larn from each other.
Perhaps the back upwardly for initiatives for projects similar IGCARL comes from our really ain planning exercises. For instance, the Report of the Working Group of Agriculture enquiry together with pedagogy for the eleventh v twelvemonth programme (2007-2012) states, “to arrive at the productivity targets, at that topographic point is an urgent postulate for reorientation of enquiry programs. Emphases postulate to shift on assessing the genetic potential of indigenous breeds, which of belatedly cause got been found to last highly productive 1 time given suitable administration together with environment. The classification of animals every bit dairy breeds volition thus cause got to last revised. Intensive enquiry piece of occupation needs to last undertaken for genetic identification of traits of excellence inward Indian breeds, similar Jaffarabadi buffalo, Black Bengal goat, Garole sheep etc. together with position the functional genomic associated amongst their trait of excellence. The biodiversity existing inward the domestic livestock needs to last investigated using molecular tools which should involve the transfer of major genes associated amongst production excellence, tropical adaptability to diseases together with stress resistance.” This goes good amongst IGCARL’s linguistic communication doesn’t it? My interrogation so is, where produce pocket-sized farm together with pastoral needs figure inward all this? Moreover, produce livestock keepers fifty-fifty know what is inward shop for them inward our programme documents?
The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister is supposed to cause got inaugurated the enquiry block inward Jan 2009 together with other facilities are to last fully functional past times side past times side month. IGCARL is on the trend to becoming a reality, without many of us existence made aware of the existent social together with environmental implications of a livestock enquiry similar this. Given that the draw concern agenda has entered the livestock enquiry arena so blatantly, I would non last surprised if at that topographic point are many other such proposals pending or create to roll. Its fourth dimension each 1 of us opened our eyes to who such proposals volition last benefiting together with whether these are alone designed to sell out our indigenous breeds.