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Dr. Biju Chacko

Assistant Professor (Animal Nutrition), College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy , Kerala India

He Completed B.V.Sc & A. H from the College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy in 1996. Completed M.V.Sc in Animal Nutrition from the same college in 1998, with gold medal, scoring the highest mark (OGPA) among M.V.Sc students belonging to all disciplines. Worked as Veterinary Surgeon in Animal Husbandry Dept. for 6 ½ years from 2002 to 2008, after which joined as Assistant Professor at College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy in June 2008. Continuing in the Service of Kerala Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (KVASU) since then, for the last 11 years, during which period, also worked at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Panniyur, Kannur for 1¼ years and College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Pookode, Wayanad for 9 years.

Author of 25 research articles, including ones in the International Journal of Animal Sciences, Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology and International Journal of Livestock Research; 9 book chapters; 21 popular articles in Deepika, Karshakan, Kerala Karshakan etc. and presented 6 conference papers, the most important being the theme paper entitled, “Feeding strategies for optimising milk production in Kerala” in the state level workshop on road map for Animal Husbandry sector, held at Kalpetta in June 2011. Did 10 radio talks on different aspects of animal rearing, feeding etc. at AIR, Kannur. Done several question answer sessions for farmers through AIR Kannur and Radio Mattoli, Wayanad. Guided three M.V.Sc students. Currently guiding three students.

Associated with seven different plan projects as Principal Investigator/ Co-Principal Investigator/ Co-ordinator, the most notable among them being, “Multi enterprise farm models to address the agrarian crisis of Wayanad”, “Aaralam livestock based tribal resettlement project” and “Exploration, identification and characterization of various livestock rearing systems and agricultural linkages in district wise agro ecological zones of Kerala”. Associated with several project preparation and group discussion sessions organized by Brahmagiri Development Society, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and the different local bodies of Wayanad district. A visiting faculty of SBT Rural Training Institute, Puthoorvayal, Kalpetta; Livestock Management Training Centre (LMTC), Mundayad, Kannur and of Kudumbasree in the districts of Kannur, Kozhikode and Wayanad. Taken nearly 200 odd classes for farmers, Kudumbasree workers and entrepreneurs. Provided advisory services to more than 5000 farmers over telephone, field visit and in person.

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