The Pashu Palan Mela of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (Gadvasu) here concluded with a message to develop livestock farming as an impressive and effective option of diversification on Saturday. Gadvasu vice-chancellor Dr AS Nanda said the university is not only contributing in the field of education and research, but also promoting livestock professions with its extension activities.
To develop livestock professions, the university is extending its services, support, knowhow, and training to every economic category. Besides delivering services to commercial farmers, it is also disseminating all techniques to medium and lower category of livestock community.
Dr Harish Kumar Verma, director of Extension Education, said: “Some of our departments provide services for rearing livestock, whereas others are in the field of value addition of livestock products. Women can also come in these professions comfortably with their household responsibilities.” He revealed that ornamental fish, aquarium making, flavoured milk and lassi, cheese, meat pickle, meat kofta, meat patties, meatballs, and a number of fish delicacies come in these professions. He said young entrepreneurs can earn good returns in goat and pig farming.
Dr Verma said the College of Dairy Science and Technology has developed more than three dozen products. The Department of Livestock Products Technology has developed about 40 products, and the College of Fisheries has developed more than ten value- added products. In this mela, new value-added products were also on board. He further said that the College of Dairy Science and Technology has also developed good quality functional low fat ‘dahi’ by adding ‘generally recognized as safe’ (GRAS) grade additive i.e. beta glucan. Dahi is one among the most popular nourishing fermented dairy products of Indian subcontinent, and offers an attractive vehicle for fortification.
The Department of Livestock Products Technology, Gadavasu, has developed and introduced two novel products — egg paneer and chicken meat chips — in the mela. The College of Fisheries developed products like fish fillets, steaks, and cutlets prepared from carp fish. Other spineless fish species were displayed along with the sale of ready-to-eat meat.