The Animal Husbandry Division (AHD) of NARI was started in 1990. The chief aim of the AHD is to genetically improve local goats and sheep, and to improve the management of these animals on which the livelihoods of many rural people are dependent. AHD conducts scientific research and implements programmes aimed at increasing the income and wellbeing of people dependent on sheep and goat herding.
- Development of the NARI Suwarna and composite breeds of sheep with over 60% of ewes having twin instead of single lambs.
- Bringing the World’s Best Goat Meat Breed – the Boer Breed from Southern Africa – to India with financial assistance from Australian Government.
- Pioneered the establishment of a buck and ram semen freezing laboratory in India.
- Training of sheep and goat keepers, livestock supervisors and veterinarians.
- Multiplication and popularisation of high quality, high yielding fodder varieties.
- Engagement in collaborative research nationally and internationlly.
Details of Suwarna sheep are given here.