February 1-4, 2018
ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes
Hisar - 125001, Haryana (India)


Climate resilient buffalo production for sustainable livelihood

Day's Until ABC 2018


Buffalo occupies a pivotal role in agriculture, dairying, meat industry and draught power, besides ensuring nutritional security to the masses in the Asian region, which houses 97.04 per cent of the world buffalo population of 199.8 million heads. India houses 57.8% of the world buffalo population, followed by 18.9% in Pakistan and 11.6% in China. The species contributes 12.92% of the total milk produced in the world. However, 97.07% of the buffalo milk is produced in the Asian region, with a predominant contribution of 67.75% by India alone. Together with large diversity in the form of 13 well-defined and recognized breeds, including world renowned Murrah, Jaffarabadi, Mehsana, Nili Ravi, Surti and Banni, makes India the undisputed and ideal destination for buffalo farmers, scientists and policy makers.​ Thanks to a predominant contribution of buffalo, India has been the world’s top milk-producing country since 1997, while in the year 2014 it even surpassed the entire EU in milk production.

Dr. Inderjeet Singh, President ABA
Director, ICAR-CIRB, Hisar

The quality of buffalo milk makes it the farmers’ and processors' choice as a dairy animal.  Mega plans of the Government of India in the form of National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development (NPBBDD) and National Dairy Plan (NDP) – Phase I, have added the much needed impetus to further improvement of buffalo germplasm in the country. In this context, it is no surprise that Indian buffaloes have inhabited new ranches and sheds across the globe during the last century. Even today, the buffalo world remains enchanted with the ‘Wow’ buffalo germplasm that this country flaunts and continues to share.

During the 21st century, climate change has been predicted as the most catastrophic happening which is bound to affect all forms of life on Earth. The impacts are already evident and noticeable. These changes affect all eco-systems and are a perceived threat to livelihood, food security and sustainable development. In the present day scenario and challenges facing the buffalo world, it becomes imperative that all stakeholders dwell upon scientific and technological interventions and possibilities of collaboration while strategizing a path for sustainable buffalo development. It is under this backdrop that the Asian Buffalo Association (ABA), in association with the Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the Indian Society for Buffalo Development (ISBD), have teamed-up to host the 9th Asian Buffalo Congress (ABC) at Hisar, India right in the home-tract of the world famous Murrah buffalo. The Organizing Committee extends its warm invitation to scientists, students, planners, farmers, entrepreneurs and buffalo enthusiastd for attending the 9th Asian Buffalo Congress at CIRB, Hisar.
Useful Information !
  • Asia harbor almost 97% and India 58% of the world’s buffalo population
  • Buffaloes, contribute more than 13 % to the world, 35% to Asia’s and 53% to India's milk production
  • In India, buffalo meat largest exported agri. commodity, made India leading exporter
  • ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hisar the First and Premier Institute dedicated to buffalo.