First, I would like to thank the host organization and the people of Nepal for your warm welcome and hospitality. You are genuinely lovely people, and I appreciate your sincerity and friendship. Congratulations go to the Faculty of Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Fisheries at the Agriculture and Forestry University for a successful conference.
Comparing to the outcomes of the Conference and the efforts to elevate the importance of goats as a species that can alleviate poverty, and improve food security and nutrition, our little inconvenience during the very long-distance traveling becomes so trivial. Just like the goal of increasing production efficiency of goats, quality is far more important than quantity.
I understand that there are many conferences to be hosted by the University in the near future, I encourage the university to engage in a thought process to focus more on the quality of scientific programs, more participation by the students and faculty, and a smoother logistic arrangement.
The Asian Regional Conference on Goats has just concluded and was an incredible success.
The conference was held from October 20th to 23rd in Chitwan, Nepal, with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Department of Livestock Services, Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Heifer International Nepal, and University Grants Commission.
The main aim of the conference was to gather researchers, academicians, and development entities to exchange knowledge and technologies generated in the field of goat research and development across the globe.
To learn more, visit the conference website: afu.edu.np/vet/arcg2019.
Faculty of Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Fisheries, Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan, Nepal in collaboration with the International Goat Association (IGA) is organizing the second Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG 2019). The theme of the conference is ‘goats for food, nutrition and economic security in developing world.’ The conference will be held on 20-23 October 2019 in Chitwan, Nepal in support of Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Department of Livestock Services; Nepal Agricultural Research Council; Heifer International Nepal and University Grants Commission. The main aim of the conference is to gather researchers, academicians and development entities to exchange knowledge and technologies generated in the field of goat research and development across the globe.
Thus, the organizing committee of ARCG 2019 hereby announces this CALL FOR ABSTRACT for the same.
During the Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG-2018) this year, the International Goat Association presented Dr. Shoor Vir Singh with a Certificate of Recognition for his outstanding service and contributions to IGA, and for efforts to promote goat research and goat keeping in India and around the world.
Dr. Singh served on the IGA Board of Directors for three consecutive terms from 2004 to 2016. He also served as the IGA Regional Director for Asia for many years.
Written by Yoko Tsukahara, IGA Board member
The Asian Regional Conference on Goats (ARCG2018) was held at Amity University, Rajasthan, Jaipur, India on Oct. 22-26, 2018. The theme entitled “Current Challenges in Goat Industry and the Strategies to Combat in Asia Region.” A total of 287 researchers, professors, and producers from 14 countries including, Canada, China, Ecuador, France, Hungary, Japan, Mongolia, Spain, and the USA attended the meeting. The scientific program included keynote addresses, expert talks, oral and poster presentations, and brainstorming and valedictory sessions. The participants enjoyed a warm traditional welcome during the technical tour at the Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute which produces and conducts research on pure Sirohi goats, varieties of sheep and rabbit breeds, veterinary medical plants, and so on.
“Goats for food, nutrition and economic security in the developing world.”
The Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) is the first state-owned technical university in Nepal that established under a land grant model with the mandate of three functions: education, research, and extension. AFU aims to produce internationally competent human resources to promote education, research, and development in the field of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, and allied disciplines. Since being established, AFU has engaged in organizing various national, regional, and international conferences, as well as seminars and symposiums, to meet its vision and mission.
Goats (Capra hircus) are very social, curious, gentle, independent and intelligent creatures that were first domesticated by human beings in 10,000 BC. The largest goat population in the world remains in Asia (59%) followed by Africa (35%). Goat husbandry is becoming the most popular enterprise among the rural as well as urban youths in Nepal. Goat, the “poor man’s cow” contributes about 20.4% to the total meat production in the country and ranks second after buffalo (54.3%). Goats are considered a living bank account, as they can be converted into cash when needed by farmers. Thus, this species has made a great contribution to sustaining the livelihoods of rural smallholders in the developing world.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.