A total 41 participants from 14 states of the country have come to attend the two 21-day training programmes at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal, which started here on Monday. Union animal husbandry commissioner Suresh Honnappagol inaugurated the training programmes.

The training programmes are on ‘Instrumentation Involved in Quality Assurance of Milk and Milk Products’ and ‘Current Concepts and Frontier Technologies for Fertility Management in Farm Animals’.

Honnappagol said animal husbandry was an integral component of Indian agriculture, supporting livelihood of more than two-thirds of the rural population and contributed about 25% to the agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) and about 4% to the national GDP.