National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI – Karnal) has reportedly agreed to provide Sahiwal breed of cows from Punjab and Gir cows of Gujarat to the Tirupati Centre.

The TTD’s Sri Venkateswara Gosamrakshanashala is all set to become a hub for native cows, as it will be used as a one-stop-point to share the rare breeds among similar organisations, besides disseminating information on the need to protect indigenous varieties.

It may be recalled that the ICAR Director-General had recently called on the TTD officials in this direction, while National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI – Karnal) has reportedly agreed to provide Sahiwal breed of cows from Punjab and Gir cows of Gujarat to the Centre.

Developmental works highlighted

The farm already has a large stable of animals of distinctive high-worth breed, including a 400-strong contingent of Ongole breed of cows. This apart, a senior Minister from Karnataka has also agreed to provide 100 cows to the farm, including the Tharparker and Kankrej varieties.

It is in this backdrop that the announcement by TTD Executive Officer M.G. Gopal to develop the dairy farm as a premier research centre assumes significance.

Mr. Gopal, who took part as the chief guest at the ‘Go Pooja’ organised as part of Gokulastami at the dairy farm, highlighted the developmental works in progress.

Prayers offered

He offered prayers to the deity of Sri Venugopala and also offered fruits to a cow, after smearing turmeric and kumkum on its forehead.

The Executive Officer urged people to follow the teachings of Lord Krishna to Arjuna and pass it on to posterity.

“If the people own up the responsibilities on the lines of the teachings in Bhagavad Gita, they are sure to achieve God’s grace,” was his advice.

He stressed the need to protect cows, considered an embodiment of Gods. Dairy Farm Director K. Haranath Reddy, SVIMS Director B. Vengamma and other officers were present.