Overseas demand for indigenous cattle rises

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    Climate change spurs positive for India: Overseas demand for indigenous cattle rises

    NEW DELHI: Climate change is spurring something positive for India: growing overseas demand for indigenous cattle, which the government is keen to support. Markets from Australia to Brazil are seeking India's cattle for their resilient qualities such as tick resistance, heat tolerance and the ability to flourish even with inadequate feeds. "There is demand for Indian cattle in the international market. Brazil and Australian want Indian breeds," agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said. "Climate change will reduce productivity in all cattle. Drop in milk yield will be maximum in exotic breeds, not so in local Indian cattle." The germplasm — genetic material including sperm and embryos — of cows from Gujarat's Gir to Andhra Pradesh's Ongole are some of the varieties that are in demand for their superior milk producing ability. The minister said government support could help to improve the quality of local breeds of cattle and increase milk production. India's cattle population declined 4% to 190.9 million, according to the 19th livestock census in 2012, the most recent. The number of indigenous cattle dropped 8.9% to 151.1 million from 166 million in 2007.
    The government has set up the Rashtriya Gokul Mission to promote the conservation and development of indigenous cattle breeds through professional farm management and superior nutrition, recognising the potential to enhance their productivity.

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    Climate change spurs positive for India: Overseas demand for indigenous cattle rises - The Economic Times

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