National Breed Conservation Award 2021

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30 December 2021 Current Affairs:The National Breed Conservation Award for 2021 was Awarded on 23 December By ICAR – the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR)

Highlights:

  • Mannuthy’s “All-India Co-ordinated Research Project (AICRP)” on poultry breeding, which is run by the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Science University, won the award (KVASU).
  • It was recognized by ICAR – the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) for its conservation and research efforts on the Tellicherry breed.
  • In Kerala, the Tellicherry breed is the only native chicken breed that is registered. The award comes with a monetary prize of Rs 10,000 as well as a citation.
  • The award was given out at the Kisan Divas celebrations, which were recently organized by ICAR-NBAGR.

National Breed Conservation Award

  • ICAR – NBAGR established the National Breed Conservation Award.
  • It was established for centers or projects that contribute to the conservation and improvement of Indian domestic poultry and livestock breeds that are registered.

Tellicherry Breed

  • The Tellicherry breed of chicken is named after Tellicherri, a town in Kerala that is also known as Thalassery in the Kannur district. 
  • The breed is mostly found in Kozhikode district, with a few scattered throughout Kannur and Malappuram districts. 
  • They are primarily bred for meat. They’re also used to make ayurvedic medicines for treating asthma and worm infestation.
  • The Tellicherry breed was first conserved by the AICRP in 2014. Through scientific selection and management, this breed began laying eggs in just five months. 
  • Annual egg production increased to 160-170 eggs as a result of the study. The Tellicherry breed is also being genetically characterized by the AICRP. It was crucial in establishing the breed’s identity.

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