Vrindavan, 2017.08.21 (VT): Farmers, scholars and cattle experts gathered on Saturday for a conference on native Indian cows (Desi Gai) and the economy. The six-hour conference took place at the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Veterinary Science University and Cattle Research Institute (DUVASU) Mathura.
Participants emphasized the importance of maintaining and expanding the local, pure breeds of Indian cattle, whose numbers have dwindled over the years due to crossbreeding. They called for an immediate halt on crossbreeding, as well as more research into the uses and marketing of non-dairy cow products such as cow dung and cow urine. They also emphasized the unsustainability of cow-breeding for milk alone.
More than 100 experts attended the meeting, including representatives from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Ministry of Agriculture, and a number of experts from Universities and government agencies in from as far away as Gujarat. RSS general secretary Dr. Krishna Gopal Gupta said that there are 37 native breeds of cows in India, and every region has its own variety. In Braj, the Kosi breed is the most common. Every region should promote its own local breed.”
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