Indian roosters' DNA to be studied
Chennai: The indigenous roosters (fighter cocks) of Tamil Nadu and local poultry will soon be profiled and their DNA studied in detail as part of our research programmes, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University vice chancellor Dr S. Thilagar told Deccan Chronicle. Pointing out that Tan-uvas has bagged the first position (with its alumni bagging 20 junior research fellow awards) at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research competitive examinations last week, he said the university would intensify its research to maintain the number one position in the country.
“We are in the process of identifying young scientists keen on genetics and breeding. Once when the state and union government sanctions funds these proposed research works will take off,” he said. According to Tanuvas sources, the JRF award given by ICAR is a coveted on and sought after as 68 agricultural universities, 79 ICAR Institutes and National Research Centres and 663 Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the country vie for it. This is the third time in the last five years, the university is receiving the national recognition from ICAR.
Meanwhile, Tanuvas on Friday launched a first of its kind cluster project for six villages of Tiruvallur under which the farming techniques will be enhanced to double the income of livestock farmers. Further, the agricultural data of the farmers in these six villages will be stored in computerised database and based on this data meeting will be arranged for the farmers to share their ideas and promote their farming skills. The scheme is now active in Koyambakkam, Thannerkulam, Bandikavanur, Karaiyanmedu, Melkondaiyur and kilampakkam villages of Tiruvallur and in a phased manner will be extended to other districts.