Animal Husbandry Academy of India setup in Bengaluru to train 2,000 veterinarians
A Centre of Excellence for Animal Husbandry — Animal Husbandry Academy of India (CEAH), established as a consortium of five organizations under the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, is spread across 642 acres and consists of the Central Poultry Development Organisation and Training Institute, Central Frozen Semen Production and Training Institute (CFSPTI), Central Cattle Breeding Farm (CCBF), Animal Quarantine and Certification Services, and Regional Fodder Station.
According to Mahesh PS, Joint Commissioner and Director, CEAH-Bengaluru, the main goal of CEAH is to develop capacity building for training in domain expertise for animal husbandry officers and entrepreneurs all over the country and the world. According to Mahesh, the animal husbandry academy will focus on training veterinarians on the most recent technological issues, soft skills, IoT, AI, ML, and other techno-commercial aspects.
CEAH will also serve as a node for the capacity building commission, as well as establish farmer demonstration units with successful business models for field adoption. ‘We intend to train approximately 2,000 professionals per year, including veterinarians and entrepreneurs,’ Mahesh said.
CEAH Bengaluru aspires to be a cutting-edge single facility in the animal husbandry sector, with cutting-edge technology and infrastructure. It has poultry automation units, modern dairy sheds, a sex-sorted sperm lab, an international animal quarantine facility, and the country’s largest fodder seed production unit with the latest irrigation technology.
The Indian animal husbandry sector is valued at ₹15 lakh crore, with dairy accounting for ₹7-8 lakh crore, small ruminants accounting for ₹3-4 lakh crores, and poultry accounting for ₹1.8 lakh crore.