Birth of IVF calves
JK BovaGenix announces the birth of India’s first IVF calves through frozen IVF embryos at Gopalnagar (Chhattisgarh state)
9th January, 2017: JK BovaGenix, an initiative of JK Trust, one of the largest NGOs working towards “Cattle and Buffalo Breed Improvement” in India, announced the birth of India’s first IVF male calf (Krishna) born on 8th Jan 2017, first IVF female calf born on 28th Dec 2016 and a third IVF male calf born on 8th Jan 2017 through frozen IVF embryos of Tharparkar breed of Rajasthan. The donor cow of Tharparkar breed and three of her IVF calves produced through frozen IVF embryos using crossbred cows as recipients (foster mothers) are in good health. Additionally, two IVF calves, (one male and one female) from fresh IVF embryos were born on 23rd Dec’16 and 24th Dec’16 respectively. These calves were born at Dr. Vijaypat Singhania Centre of Excellence for Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Livestock’ located at Gopalnagar. This latest development can be termed as a turning point in India’s growth story that would bring in a revolution in producing genetically superior Indigenous breeds and can lead to a multifold increase in milk output.
In line with the Government of India’s Rashtriya Gokul Mission, this initiative assumes strategic significance given the pressing need for enhancing milk productivity of the various indigenous breeds.
Speaking on this momentous occasion, Dr. Vijaypat Singhania, Chairman JK Trust said; “JK BovaGenix is committed to bring in a revolution in producing genetically superior cattle breeds at a rapid pace, thereby enhancing the milk yield in a short period of time. This is the second initiative undertaken by JK Trust. The first initiative – “Cattle and Buffalo Breed Improvement Programme” has been undertaken in more than 40000 villages across 10 states that has delivered phenomenal outcomes. Both these projects while supplementing each other will provide sufficient milk to the villagers, not only for sale but also for household consumption.”
Further elaborating on this scientific breakthrough, Dr. Shyam Zawar, Chief Scientist- JK BovaGenix & CEO - JK Trust said, “The success of our clinical trials marks a milestone that signifies the beginning of the transformation of cattle scenario in India. Taking forward the government’s initiative of Rashtriya Gokul Mission, talks of JK BovaGenix are in progress with various state governments to implement a similar programme that can conserve the depleting indigenous breeds making Rashtriya Gokul Mission a grand success in our country.”
Inauguration of JK BovaGenix
JK Trust has launched a new initiative namely 'JK BovaGenix' on 20th July 2016 at 'Dr. Vijaypat Singhania Centre of Excellence for Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Livestock' at Gopalnagar in Chhattisgarh. The initiative was launched by Dr. Raman Singh, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh in the august presence of Shri Brijmohan Agrawal, Minister for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry & Fisheries, Government of Chhattisgarh, Shri Ajay Chandrakar, Minister for Panchayat & Rural Development and Health, Government of Chhattisgarh, Dr. Vijaypat Singhania, Chairman, JK Trust and Dr. Shyam Zawar, CEO, JK Trust. We were honoured to have the gracious presence of Dr. Suresh S. Honnappagol, Animal Husbandry Commissioner, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Government of India during the event.
This is a first of its kind initiative in the country aimed at producing large scale IVF pregnancies from fresh as well as frozen cattle IVF embryos. The launch event received much media attention and was widely covered in print as well as electronic media owing to the fact that, the initiative focussed on indigenous cattle breeds like Gir, Sahiwal, Tharparkar and Ongole. This is in line with the objectives of the Rashtriya Gokul Mission, a flagship programme of Government of India aimed at preserving and propagating the germplasm of indigenous cattle breeds. Dr. Shyam Zawar, CEO, JK Trust declared 28 IVF pregnancies (14 each from fresh as well as frozen IVF embryos) produced at our lab in Chhattisgarh during the function.
Dr. Raman Singh also unveiled a Mobile Cattle ET and IVF Lab during the event, which will take these Advanced Assisted Reproductive Technologies like ET and IVF to the doorsteps of Indian farmers.
Recognition of JK Trust by Ministry of Rural Development
Our country has seen a range of rural development programmes during the last sixty years. However, many of the successful grass root initiatives and good practices are still in silos, yet to be exposed to the world. The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) had organized a National Workshop on Good Practices in Rural Development Sector in Bhopal on 23rd and 24th September’15 so as to bring best of such initiatives to the mainstream debate and provide a platform for their practitioners to interact and share their learnings with the Adarsh Grams identified under SAGY by Hon’ble Members of Parliament.
A total of 592 entries were received by the ministry under Good Practices for the workshop. These entries were from Government, Gram Panchayats and NGOs. A panel of experts from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and MoRD officials further shortlisted 82 best entries from that lot. A team from TISS carried out the field visits of the interventions to verify the claims made in the application. After due diligence, 31 organizations were invited to the workshop held in Bhopal on 23rd and 24th September’15.
JK Trust was one among the top 31 entries. Further we were the only organization selected from the livestock sector. We were allotted a stall to showcase our activities. We also made a 10 minutes presentation to over 600 dignitaries out of which more than 200 were Members of Parliament (MP), Collectors, Secretaries of Rural Development (Both State and Central) from all over the country. The Chief Guest of the event was Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh, Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, GoI. Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh graced the occasion.
We were felicitated with a trophy and a certificate of Appreciation. Many Members of Parliament and government officers personally congratulated us for the great work being carried out by JK Trust.
The Ministry of Rural Development has made 7 films out of the 31 top entries and JK Trust was one out of them. This film was screened during the presentation (Youtube link of video: https://youtu.be/4ne3yBjHa2A).
JK Trust participated in Agri Leadership Summit 2015 held at Gurgaon, organized by Govt of Haryana.
From 13rd March to 16th March, J K Trust participated in "Agri Leadership summit-2015” at Leisure Valley, Sector-29, Gurgaon, Haryana organized by State Government of Haryana. The main focus of the Summit was to motivate the farmers through showcasing the achievements of innovative and progressive farmers in their respective fields like Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and other allied sectors. JKTGVY had presented its activities in a 9sqm stall in Agri Ex Pavilion. The major objective of this event is to provide and strengthen market access to the farmers by reducing the intermediaries.
More than one lakh farmers and 300+ companies participated in the 3 day summit held in Gurgaon. Though the programme was hosted by Govt of Haryana, farmers from various parts of India attended the summit. The stall of J K Trust was visited by many dairy farmers from different parts of Haryana and our team engaged the farmers well. Cattle and buffalo show was also another attraction of the summit where people got to see various cattle and buffalo breeds and the winners of many cattle shows.
Agri Leadership Summit-2015 was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Union Minister of Agriculture Shri Radha Mohan Singh and Hon'ble Chief Minister of Haryana Shri Manohar Lal Khattar.
Agreement signed with JK Tyre and Industries Ltd for undertaking their CSR projects.
JK Tyre and Industries Ltd signed an agreement with JK Trust to start two ILD Centers in the vicinity of their tyre manufacturing unit at Banmore, in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. The agreement was executed in June 2015 and the operations are expected to start soon.
Aditya Birla GBTL Jan Kalyan Trust has signed an agreement for undertaking their CSR projects with J K Trust.
Aditya Birla GBTL Jan Kalyan Trust has tied up with JK Trust to provide Artificial Insemination (AI) & other veterinary services to the cattle farmers of Bhiwani. This activity will be carried out under the CSR of Grasim Bhiwani Textiles Ltd through 5 ILDCs at different locations in Bhiwani District of Haryana for a period of 5 years.
Godrej Agrovet Ltd has sanctioned 10 ILD centres as part of their CSR projects
Godrej Agrovet Limited (GAVL) is a diversified agribusiness company with interests in animal feed, oil palm plantations, agri-inputs and poultry. GAVL has selected J K Trust as a preferred partner to implement Cattle Breed Improvement Programme as part of their CSR projects. This project involves operating 10 ILDCs in Depalpur Block of Indore district in Madhya Pradesh.
Inauguration ceremony of ILD centres sponsored by Fullerton India Credit Co Ltd as part of their CSR projects in MP was held on 11th June 2015
Fullerton India Credit Co. Ltd, one of the leading NBFCs has partnered with J K Trust to carry out cattle breed improvement programme in MP as part of its CSR projects. Mr. Samir Mishra, Chief of Fullerton India Gramshakti and Sarpanch Mr. Ramkrishna Patel jointly lighted the lamp and inaugurated the project on 11/06/2015 at ILDC- Ranhai Kala District: Harda. Mr. Amol Bhalerao, AVP, CSR of Fullerton was also present at the occasion. This was followed by speeches & felicitation by the dignitaries on the dais. The event culminated with the distribution of bags and kits to Gopal. Five Pashu Vikas centres will be opened in rural areas of Hoshangabad, Itarsi, Pipariya and Seonimalwa Blocks of Hoshangabad district & Harda Block in Harda District. This initiative will provide services like artificial insemination, castration, fodder management, First Aid and other extension services.
JK Trust participated in Krishi Mahotsav 2015 in BRGF project districts of MP
Department of Farmer Welfare & Agricultural Development, Govt of MP organized KRISHI MAHOTSAV & Agriculture Show from 25th May to 15th June ‘15 in various locations of MP to help the farmers to understand the latest techniques, gain more knowledge in the field of agricultural development, and help them in improving the yield of the agricultural produce.
J K Trust participated in the exhibition in various locations of Sheopur district and received an overwhelming response from the farmers. The event provided an excellent platform to JKTGVY to exhibit our services.
NDDB officials visit JKT MP operations to explore possible collaborations with us in NDP phase 1.
NDDB officials visited existing sustainable AI Centers of Dhar & Indore districts in Madhya Pradesh. The team comprised of Dr SK Dalal - General Manager (PF & A), Dr DG Raghupathi - Deputy General Manager (Animal Breeding) & Ms. Shilpa Behre - Deputy Manager (Planning). Sr. Director Mr.Shrikant Deshpande & the SPM accompanied the NDDB team.
JK Trust starts 60 ILD centres in Haryana and Rajasthan as part of CSR initiatives of J K Cement Ltd.
One of our recent partnerships is with JK Cement Ltd, wherein we have started 60 Integrated Livestock Development Centres in Haryana and Rajasthan. These centres are located in Chittaurgarh district of Rajasthan as well as Jhajjar district of Haryana. The centres are being run by JK Trust on behalf of JK Cement Ltd for a period of 5 years initially and further expanded if needed. Livestock owners in this area are provided with high quality door step services of breeding and healthcare for their cattle and buffaloes at nominal rates. These services are expected to drastically improve the health and germplasm of cattle & buffaloes in the area. This shall improve the milk output and greatly benefit the farmers of the area.
Visit of Australian Delegation to Punjab CBIP
On 14th January 2015, a delegation of eighteen members from Australia visited J K Trust ILD Centre at Majri Jattan Village in Ropar district to explore the business opportunity in dairy sector in India. The team comprised of Trade Commissioner Mr. Mark Morle, Mr. Wiham, Mr. Emashan, Mr. Ranjan, Mr. Bery Sharma, Dr. Margret and Mr. Chebal. Dr. Shyam Zawar (CEO), Mr. Rajesh Patel (RPM), Mr. Punam Sain (Project Manager) along with the Gopals of Ropar, Mohali and Ludhiana attended the meeting.
The objective of the delegate’s visit was to get a first-hand experience of the traditional small scale dairy farming operation, the backbone of India’s white revolution success story; at the same time allowing the delegation to appreciate the dichotomy of its socio-economic impact on the marginal farmers and its “obsoleteness” and challenges in the face of the growing market demand.