Karthikeya Sivasenapathy, a seventh generation livestock breeder from Tirupur district who is involved in the in-situ conservation and breeding of genetically pure Kangayam cattle, has been invited for the global pastoralists meeting to be held in African continent from December 9 to 15.
The invitation to the international event is to be organised by the United Nations Environment Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous People.
This invitation is in recognition of his contribution to transit pastoralism into green economy and adding value to pasture land.
Only select 100 people from 50 countries will be participating in the event.
For Mr. Karthikeya, this is the second international recognition that had come his way within a year as he was a special invitee for the international multi-stakeholder conference by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation which too been held in Nairobi.
“I am planning to explain the two types of pastoralism involved in the conservation of native cattle breeds found in South India like Kangayam cattle and Bargur cattle (popularly called Bargur Malai madu ).
“While the Kangayam cattle breed can be reared in sheds as well as in the open, which is normally termed as sedentary pastoralism, the species like Bargur cattle cannot be made to stay in sheds,” Mr. Karthikeya, said.
He is also the managing trustee of Senaapathy Kangayam Cattle Research Foundation.
According to him, the meet will provide an opportunity for dialogues with like-minded activists who are involved in the protection of various species like Kangayam cattle that face extinction.
He was earlier a special invitee at a conference of UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation