To strengthen India’s goat value chain and empower farming communities, Heifer India and CIRG have joined forces.


Heifer India and ICAR-CIRG, India's leading government body focusing on goat farming, formally signed an MoU on October 6 at the institute located in Makhdoom, Farah, Mathura.
Heifer India and ICAR-CIRG, India’s leading government body focusing on goat farming, formally signed an MoU on October 6 at the institute located in Makhdoom, Farah, Mathura.

In a major development, Heifer India and ICAR – Central Institute for Research on Goats (CIRG), India’s premier government body focused on goat farming, officially launched the 2018 Heifer India on October 6 at Makhdoom, Farah. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been formalized in the Institute. , Mathura

This strategic alliance marks a significant leap forward in revolutionizing India’s goat value chain and uplifting the livelihoods of rural farming communities. The MoU is the culmination of several rounds of online discussions between experts from the two organizations.

Both organizations share an unwavering commitment to reinvent India’s goat value chain as a catalyst for prosperity among smallholder farmers. Their collaborative efforts include groundbreaking research, comprehensive training programs, and implementation of sustainable solutions. Their collective mission is not only to increase productivity but also to create employment opportunities and combat poverty in rural India.

Empowering small farmers

Both organizations are committed to providing specialized training, unwavering support, and essential resources to smallholder farmers and Community Agro-Veterinary Entrepreneurs (CAVEs). His areas of focus include increasing goat productivity, providing advanced training in breeding and health care practices, and promoting sustainability in goat value chain.

Reena Soni, Country Director, Heifer India, expressed her excitement about the partnership, saying, “This collaboration with CIRG, a leading government body related to goats, is a sign of the positive synergy that this Time can be gained when like-minded organizations come together to improve the goat. Value chain in India. At Heifer India, our approach has always been locally led by the communities we serve, the In response to the expressed needs and priorities of the Actively facilitate linkages with private sector value chain partners to ensure

Dr. Manish Kumar Chitli, Director, ICAR-CIRG, echoed his sentiments, emphasizing the profound impact of this partnership. He said, “Our collaboration with Heifer India, a globally respected organization, and CIRG, India’s apex government body on goats, exemplifies the immense power of partnership in achieving extraordinary results. We are a joint We share a goal – to enhance the lives of smallholder farmers and advance the goat farming sector in India. Together we will create a brighter future, not only for the goat value chain but also for our dedicated farmers. will also change the destiny of, and leave an indelible mark on the Indian agricultural landscape.”

First Published: 09 Oct 2023, 13:54 IST


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