End Poverty has collaborated with ABS India, a subsidiary of Genus world leader in animal breeding to improve the breed of dairy animals in Alwar. Dairy farming is extremely crucial in the area as most of the people here are engaged in dairy farming and income from dairy farming is crucial to sustain their families. ABS global, headquartered in De Forest, Wisconsin, US is the world leader in bovine genetics, reproduction services, technologies and udder care products. The cluster which covers Bharatpur, Alwar, Dhaulpur, Dhousa and Karoli is a dairy belt that lacks the know-how of scientific dairy farming and farmers remain poor.
ABS product launch meeting was held in Tapukra on 6th of September 2016. Vinod Kaushik, President of End Poverty presided over the function and expressed his conviction that with the availability of ABS semen in Alwar this area may grow in leaps and bounds and move forward faster in breed improvement leading to the required change in farm sector earnings.
The Managing Director of ABS India Dr. Arvind Gautham, delivered the keynote address. He shared that ABS India has set up a high end breeding farm in Pune, which is amongst the best in the world which has imported 13 of the best bulls from America. With this genetic input, it is expected that Indian dairy farmers will have access to best semen similar to the one available in the US. The best genomic semen is now available to the farmers of this area at their door step with the support of End Poverty. In the near future there are plans to introduce embryo transfer technology and sex semen to dairy farmers.
Dr. Jayverdhan Tiwari and Mr. Abhishek Kumar from ABS India also presented valuable aspects that will support the effort such as - allow the farmers to choose the semen, managing the future progenies –such that the milk yield continuously grows. How customers can choose and estimate profits by using customised Apps was also shared by the ABS Team.
The program was attended by Zilla Parishad members, Sarpanch, progressive farmers, AI (Artificial Insemination) Technicians, NGOs representativesin large numbers.
Farmers who had gathered from far and wide from areas like Alwar, Agra, Meerut, Rewari and the AI technicians had many queries that were answered to their satisfaction by Dr. Arvind and his team.