`Januwaru mela' gets record entries

CATTLE FAIR: D. Veerendra Heggade (third from left), president of Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project, at `Januwaru mela' in Bantwal on Thursday.  

Special Correspondent

BANTWAL: A "Januwaru mela" was held here as a part of the three-day "Krishi mela" organised by the Shree Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) on Thursday.

Bantwal town wore a festive look to receive the animals from different parts of the district and the neighbouring districts.

As many as 410 heads of cattle belonging to 18 breeds participated in the best entry contest. Indian breeds such as Devani, Amruta Mahal, Ongle, Saibal, Gir, Kasargod, Malnad Gidda, and Konkraje were also present. Most of them were of Holstein Friesian and Jersey variety. Coordinator of the mela Kapu Diwakar Shetty, who is also president of the Dakshina Kannada Milk Union Ltd., told The Hindu that the animals were well maintained. There were animals which yielded 30 litres of milk a day. Rare breeds such as Konkraje of Rajasthan were also growing well in Dakshina Kannada, he said and added that the DKMUL would try to introduce other Indian varieties for dairy farming.

President of the SKDRDP D. Veerendra Heggade told presspersons that the SKDRDP and DKMUL were looking for opportunities to develop and cultivate nutrient-rich green fodder in Dakshina Kannada.

He said that he would scout for such variety of green fodder in different parts of the country. The SKDRDP was also studying the possibilities of introducing cultivation of green fodder in wastelands, he added.