World Veterinary Poultry Association (India) Conference – 2024

A two-days international conference of World Veterinary Poultry Association (India) was organized on topic “Avian Health: Challenges and Opportunities” during 15-16 February, 2024 at ICAR-NIANP, Bengaluru in association with World Veterinary Poultry Association (India). The formal inauguration of the conference was carried out on 15th February by the Chief Guest Padam Vibhushan Hon’ble Former Vice President of India Shri M Venkaiah Naiduand Guest of HonourDr J. Radhakrishnan, Additional Chief Secretary & Commissioner, Greater Chennai,Dr Raghavendra Bhatta, DDG (AS), ICAR, New Delhi and Prof. SjaakDe Wit, President, WVPA (Global) and Dr Jeetendra Verma, President, WVPA (India).Hon’ble Chief Guest M Venkaiah Naidu emphasized on the shared commitment to excellence and collaboration towards the betterment of global poultry health. He said by working together, we can build a resilient and sustainable future for the poultry birds, poultry farmers, poultry industry and also ensuring a safe and abundant food supply for generations to come.The conference was attended by more than 250 national and international delegates across the academia, research institutions, industry personnel and progressive poultry farmers.

During these two days the discussion was carried out on various burning topics like Poultry Disease and Management, Poultry Genetics and Breeding, Poultry Products Technology and Marketing. Total 18 lead speakers in 5 different technical sessions from India and Abroad (Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, Bangladesh, andPakistan) presented their research papers in the conference among them Prof Sjaak de Wit & Dr Guanlin Wang from Netherlands, Prof Pavel Horky from Czech Republic, Dr. Myeong Seob Kim from Spain; Dr Marisabel Caballero from Germany, Dr Md. Rafiqul Islam from Bangladesh and Dr Muhammad Kashif Saleemi from Pakistan (online mode) were the main attraction. A new programme“student elocution” on recent advances in the field of poultry science was also was also initiated during the conference. More than 25 students shared their views on different assigned topics. Technical poster presentation sessions were also conducted in which more than 100 research abstracts were presented by researchers and post graduate students came across the India. The exuberant and enthralling cultural programme was also staged on the night of gala dinner. The cultural program was appreciated by all the delegates. All the eminent personalities of poultry industry, supporting associations, press and media were recognized and felicitated.

Afterconducting the technical session, the closing ceremony was graced byDr. O.P. Chaudhary, Joint Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India as Chief Guest and Dr.Habibur Rehman, Former DDG (AS), ICAR, New Delhi & Regional Representative, South Asia, ILRI, New Delhias Guest of Honour with other dignitaries on the dais and off the dais. Dr O.P. Choudhary narrated the different initiatives undertaken by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Govt of India to propel the poultry sector forward. He stressed on the power of innovation, collaboration, and sustainability to build a more resilient, equitable, and prosperous poultry sector that will nourish people, support livelihoods, and protectthe planet.

During the valedictoryfunction the organizing secretary of previous WVPA (India) conference Dr Girraj Goyal, NDVSU was felicitated for successfully organizing the conference last year in 2023 at Jabalpur. The prizes were distributed to 12 research scholars who got first, second and third in research paper presentations and student elocution programmeby the chief guests. The words of thanks was presented by Dr PK Malik, Organizing Secretary, WVPA (India) 2024.