Minister of Education and Science works at Animal Husbandry Research Institute

2021-03-19 14:54:49

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On March 17, Minister of Education and Science L.Enkh-Amgalan and corresponding officials worked at the Animal Husbandry Research Institute. With a history of 60 years, the institute currently operates with 12 laboratories as well as 4 branches throughout the country. Various works are carried out by the institute, including conducting research on biological resource, protecting the livestock gene pool, carrying out experiments on fodder for specific breeds, and protecting the pasture as well as the gene pool of plants used for fodder. As of today, the research institute currently holds onto 99 patents. 

Mongolia imports an average of about 100-150 tons of fodder annually. However, it is fully possible to meet this demand from domestic sources. Researchers of the institute have had 12 types of fodder plants certified, all of which being able to yield harvest from the second year. Thus, it is necessary to fully utilize the works developed by researchers in order to develop animal husbandry and enhance livestock breeds in the framework of the policy to develop the agricultural sector as a core pillar. 

Furthermore, comprehensive research works are carried out on Mongolian goat cashmere by the institute. As goats have a generation time of 4.5 years, it is required to assess the quality of cashmere every 4.5 years. With detailed studies on the changes of cashmere fiber and its correlation with the environment and climate, researchers at the institute have found that Mongolian goat cashmere has become thicker by 1.5 micron and its yield has increased by 30 percent, comparing them as of 1991 and 2008. 

As opportunities to promote and introduce their works in production have been limited so far, during the Minister’s working visit it was decided that the institute will be provided support regarding these matters.