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Himachal government mulling steps to promote native cow species

IANS  |  Shimla 

on Monday said that the was contemplating setting up a commission -- Gau Samvardhan Aayog -- for the development and conservation of indigenous cow breeds.

Presiding over the second meeting of Gau Vansh Samvardhan Board here, he said the government was laying special emphasis on development of 'desi' or indigenous breeds of cows, which would also boost natural farming.

"In the very first cabinet meeting of the government, it was decided that at least 15 per cent of donations at the temples would be earmarked for construction, maintenance and management of Gau Sadans (cow sheds)," an official statement quoting the said.

The government also decided to levy a cess of one rupee on sale of every bottle of liquor. "This shows the concern of the government towards promoting and protecting 'Gau Vansh' in the state," he added.

The said the government would establish cow sanctuaries in all districts of the state. The Deputy Commissioners have been directed to identify suitable land for the sanctuaries.

He said the procedure for transfer of land for setting up cow sanctuaries and cow sheds would be simplified and efforts made to make these facilities self-reliant by developing them as 'Gau Vigyan Kendras'.

said the state would provide assistance and cooperation to organisations and institutions promoting indigenous breeds of cows.

Farmers in prefer domesticated hybrid varieties rather than the native ones due to the former's high milk yields. But in certain areas of the state, people have started domesticating 'pahari' or native cows.

The short-statured 'pahari' cattle are highly adaptable to the hilly terrain, are disease-resistant and can thrive even on poor pastures.



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First Published: Mon, November 26 2018. 17:06 IST