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Kangayam cattle lovers a happy lot

Good care:A farmer with his genetically pure Kangayam cattle in Tirupur.- Photo: R. VIMAL KUMAR.

Good care:A farmer with his genetically pure Kangayam cattle in Tirupur.- Photo: R. VIMAL KUMAR.  

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Rs.150 crore earmarked for a project to protect indigenous breeds of cows

Conservationists and lovers of Kangayam cattle, a native breed facing extinction, have something to cheer about as the Union Government has earmarked Rs. 150 crore for this fiscal towards protecting the indigenous breeds of cows.

“It is a welcome move and the first focussed initiative of its kind considering that the dwindling population of Kangayam cattle will lead to the breed’s extinction if not controlled at the moment,” K.S.M.Karthikeya, managing trustee of Senaapathy Kangayam Cattle Research Foundation, which is involved in ‘in-situ conservation and breeding’ of the species in its original tract, told The Hindu .

The farmers and the breeders in the Kangayam cattle tract, however, cautioned that mere allocation of funds alone would not help attain its objectives.

“The money needs to be spent judiciously. The fund can be used for giving maintenance grants as incentive to enthuse farmers to breed more numbers of genetically-pure Kangayam cattle and to offset the rearing costs to a great extent, apart from utilising for generic conservation activities,” N. Thangamuthu, a farmer who rears and breeds Kangayam cattle, pointed out.The need to protect grazing lands of indigenous breeds of cows was also cited by the breeders as ‘imperative’ for the conservation of species such as Kangayam cattle.

“Unlike some other native cow breeds, the Kangayam cattle is heavily dependent on ‘Korangadu’, a typical grazing land containing over 25 types of shrubs and trees,” they pointed out.

Mr. Karthikeya was of the opinion that the Centre should constitute a committee comprising officials and stakeholders, which include breeders of various varieties across the country, before embarking on the field with the conservation.

“Obtaining views from the breeders will help know of the breed-specific needs and how the project outlay has to be spent to achieve the targets,” he said.



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