UVAS distributes improved chicken breed among women & arranged Ostrich Egg Mosaic Competition at Ravi campus Pattoki
LAHORE (03-05-19): The Department of Poultry Production distributed the improved local backyard type birds (UVAS-Barn Chicken) to the women of nearby villages at Pattoki.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha appreciated the efforts of the department and emphasized on expanding the outreach of this project. Further it was discussed to build a policy having the concept, one hen per family member to help alleviate poverty and reduce hunger among our masses.
A scientific team working in the Department of Poultry Production developed an improved indigenous chicken cross-breed by crossing naked neck-chicken, black Australorp and Rhode Island Red.
Meanwhile, the Department of Poultry Production of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore organized Ostrich Egg Mosaic Competition at Ravi Campus, Pattoki. The students from BS Poultry Science, BS Zoology, BS Dairy Technology, M.Sc. Zoology, M.Sc. Botany and M Phil degree programs actively participated in the event. The students calligraphed and painted the eggs in unique and astonishing manners. Sheeren (M.Sc. Botany) got 1st prize in the competition while 2nd and 3rd prizes were won by Memoona Irshad and Iqra Abul Wakeel. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha along with Chairman Department of Poultry Production Prof Dr Athar Mahmood distributed cash prizes among winners of contest.
While addressing the audience, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pashaemphasized on the importance of ostrich farming and nutritional significance of its meat. He said women empowerment through backyard poultry farming is among the top priorities of the Government of Pakistan. He also shared that not only the meat, even eggs, feathers and skin of the ostrich also have huge market and export potential.