Jan 28, 2023
Outstanding Artificial Insemination Technicians (AITs) and Dairy farmers associated with the dairy development programme of BAIF across Maharashtra were felicitated by BAIF Maharashtra, in Osmanabad (Dharashiv). AITs from Osmanabad, Latur, Solapur and Parbhani districts were evaluated based on the number of AIs performed, updation of the MKrishi application, number of calves born and other data reporting parameters. Dairy farmers taking regular services from BAIF and having land holdings less than three acres, were evaluated for the Best Farmer Award based on improved income generation and farm management practices followed. The Best AI Technician Award as well as the HDFC Project “100 Sorted Semen AI” Award was received by Mr. Maruti Kudale, Parada, Osmanabad district. The Best BAIF Sustainable Model (BSM) AI Technician award was won by Mr. Ajit Katkar. The Best Farmer Award was given to Mr. Jalindar Dete from Rui village in Osmanabad district. 8 other AI Technicians and 3 other Dairy farmers were awarded second and third prizes in these categories. The award recipients were felicitated with cash and gift prizes, certificates and plaques. 106 AITs and 10 dairy farmers along with their families and 30 women farmers participated in this memorable event. Dr. Nishikant Bhangale, Associate Thematic Programme Executive, Mr. Mahesh Narode, Regional In-charge, Dr. Santosh Ekshinde, Senior Project Officer and other team members from BAIF Maharashtra contributed to the success of this function.
Dr. Vikas Gapat, M. D. (Ayurveda), Dr. Mukund Taware, Livestock Development Officer, Osmanabad district and Mr. V. B. Dyasa, Regional Director, BAIF Livelihoods – West were the Chief Guests at the function. Dr. Taware provided valuable information about government schemes for the benefit of dairy farmers and urged farmers to take benefit of these schemes. Dr. Gapat shared tips for leading a healthy lifestyle. Mr. Dyasa elaborated on the aims and objectives of BAIF and the important role of the dairy sector in bringing about rural development and poverty alleviation.