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Regional Livestock and Poultry Research and Training Centre, Talwara (Hoshiarpur)
A regional livestock and poultry research and training centre has been established at Bhatoli (Talwara) district Hoshiarpur in 2008 with the following objectives:
To understand the cattle, buffalo, sheep, goat and fish improvement programs suitable for Kandi area.
To introduce small scale and back yard poultry for economic upliftment of the rural · People.
To introduce managemental and nutritional strategies
To provide extension services to the farmers of Kandi area for livestock rearing.
A project entitled “Sustainable livestock based farming system for livelihood security in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab” for Rs. 400.96 lakhs was awarded by the ICAR to the university under the aegis of National Agriculture Innovation Project (NAIP) funded by World Bank to alleviate poverty of the rural masses through dissemination of recommended technologies. The project includes four partner institutes; Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University as lead institute, and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Dairy Development Department, Punjab and The Unnati Co- operative Marketing-cum-Processing Society Limited, Talwara, District Hoshiarpur as the Co-operating institutes. This project is participatory type and is implemented with the collaboration of other state development departments like Animal Husbandry, Agriculture, Horticulture, District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union Limited, Soil Conservation, Forests, Fisheries, Punjab National Bank and NABARD for comprehensive development of the beneficiary families through various interventions like introduction of improved germplasm of animals and crops, fodder production and conservation, improved feeding and health cover, agro-forestry and medicinal plants, co-operative processing and marketing and dissemination of knowledge and technologies. This project is being implemented in four blocks of Kandi area viz. Bhunga, Dasuya, Hajipur and Talwara of Hoshiarpur district covering 800 families of the 40 villages.