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Indbro Developing Birds for Tropical Environments

by 5m Editor
3 October 2011, at 1:57pm

INDIA - The Government of India has encouraged the private sector to undertake Pure Line breeding work to reduce dependence, reduce the possibility of importing emerging problems and to develop the technological capability of the country to export instead of continually importing of the breeding stocks.

There is a wide gap in the environment, housing systems and the feed used in tropical countries compared to western countries.

Indbro Research & Breeding Farms Pvt. Ltd says that the poultry industry of the future will not be spared the highest quality agricultural input.

Birds bred in tropical countries with marginal inputs perform better in the tropics but also excel when given the best environment.

This genotype environment interaction provides an opportunity to breed the birds in India and the technical and non-technical man power required for the poultry breeding work is available in India at a reasonable cost.

Indbro Research & Breeding Farms Pvt. Ltd is a company promoted by a self employed Technocrat, Dr T Kotaiah in the state of Andhra Pradesh with a vision to fit in to the above technical scheme of working. The company founded in 2000, had its in-house R&D unit registered with DSIR in 2004.

The company focused on the development of a broiler bird, which involves female lines that have a better laying efficiency as well as growth rate.

The male lines can be bred exclusively for growth and feed efficiency by reducing the thrust on egg production. These lines are crossed to produce "Indbrofast Broiler" with fast growth, low mortality, excellent feed conversion efficiency and good meat yield.

Establishing a production line and producing breeding stocks free from vertically transmissible diseases has been another challenge in the process of commercialisation. The company has taken up serology work to clean out the breeding stocks from vertically transmitted diseases.

A total of 20 per cent of the total poultry numbers in India still remains as "Back Yard Poultry" in the rural areas. The birds are grown by the housewife and require little effort. The birds are a source of nutritious food in the form of eggs and chicken to the family and also earn income for the housewife.

Indbro Research & Breeding Farms Pvt. Ltd has focused on the development of "Rainbow Rooster", a multicoloured and dual purpose low technology input bird. These birds are also useful to produce organic chicken fed with basic feed, with no chemical or antibiotic feed additives.

The Technology Development Board, of the Government of India is supporting the development & commercialisation of the product.