New Delhi,July 3, 2018: Having successfully produced sixteen cloned calves, the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) in Haryana’s Karnal has now been tasked with creating 25 clones of elite buffalo bulls.
The Rs 5.74-crore project, assigned by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), is aimed at improving the buffalo breed with frozen semen and increasing milk production.
A team of about 200 professionals and scientists of the NDRI, in collaboration with the Hisar-based Central Institute for Research on Buffalo (CIRB), will produce at least 25 elite bulls in the next four years. However, it is likely to be a challenging task as the success rate is only 1%.
Dr Rajan Sharma, a scientist and public relations officer at the NDRI, said, “There is a demand for 180 million doses of frozen semen, while a large number of elite bulls are required to cover 60 million breeding buffaloes.”