PHLA recalled his work to popularise Haofa — the indigenous canine breed of Tangkhul community. Vice president of PHLA Ningpen Yangya said, “In his passing, we have lost a great soul who always sought to help the people.”
TFM Ukhrul Correspondent
Phungcham Haofa Lovers Association (PHLA) on Tuesday expressed shock to learn about the sudden demise of Dr. Ranadhir Singh, Professor In-charge Livestock Unit, NEC Model Farm, Central Agricultural University, Imphal.
Vice President of PHLA Ningpen Yangya said, “In his passing, we have lost a great soul who always sought to help the people.” He conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family and loved ones.
Yangpen Yangya recalled that on February 2, 2021, a team from Central Agricultural University, Imphal led by Dr Ranadhir Singh had visited Phungcham for inspection of Haofa — the indigenous canine breed of Tangkhul community. They have collected detailed information about the breed such as general description, management practices, physical characteristics, performance, utility and other information specific to the breed.
On 5 July 2022, members of PHLA had a meeting with Dr Ranadhir Singh at his office in regard to the recognition of Haofa.
The application for recognition of Haofa was sent to the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) at Haryana, under the initiative of Dr Ranadhir Singh. During the First Haofa Festival Celebration at Phungcham on December 8, 2022, Dr. Ranadhir Singh had informed the gathering that the application for registration of Haofa has already been received by NBAGR and is on the final stage of being registered.
Dr. Ranadhir Singh had also invited the President of PHLA on March 25, 2023 to review together the monograph of Haofa as part of the process for registration of Hoafa as an indigenous canine breed. However, the meeting was postponed due to his health problems.
Yangpen Yangya added, “the sudden demise of Dr. Ranadhir Singh is a great loss not only for the family but also for the whole community. PHLA would remain grateful to him for his work to popularise Haofa.”