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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

State Government now ready to conserve indigenous breeds of cattle in Jharkhand

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The National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources has planned to conduct a survey of indigenous cattle species in different districts of Jharkhand as per the prescribed standards. The survey has been planned in view of assessing the stratus of vanishing species of cattle in the country. It is important to note that species of indigenous cattle are vanishing in the state due to preference s to hybrid species, and sale of cattle by farmers to meet traders and cattle meet exporters. Long lines of cows, buffaloes, calves etc escorted by two- three cyclists, can still seen frequently along roads going towards places unknown to a common man. Another reason behind reducing the number of cattle of indigenous breeds is hybridization.
 As per the directives of the bureau, the state Government is inclined to conserve species of indigenous cattle. These cattle species are to be identified through the survey. The first phase of the programme has been planned to cover seven districts of the state - Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Palamu, Hajaribagh, Dhanbad, Deoghar, and Dumka in the 5 blocks of each of these districts. At least 100animals of any one species in a village are to be identified and conserved under the plan.
Monitoring Committees
The plant of conservation of indigenous breeds of cattle in Jharkhand is to be implemented by the state Government’s Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries. Committees on district and state levels are to be organised for a successful implementation and monitoring. The state level committee will comprise director of animal husbandry as President and Deputy Director Planning, and three experts from each of the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Ranchi Veterinary College- Kanke, as its members. The committee will review the work of districts after an interval of every 2 months. On district level, the committee will comprise District Animal Husbandry Officer as President and two veterinary doctors as members. This committee will review the survey work done on the block level. The state government will spend rupees sixty lakh on the survey of cattle.  
Key Words : indigenous breeds, Jharkhand, Hybrid, Ranchi, Kanke, animal husbandry

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