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

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raj (maharashtra)

who know what is going to happend with our cattles there . they will be slaughtered or really will use for nourising global warming

A very good chance for our cows to grow. Please save them from being slaughtered

Vivek Yadav (Phagwara)

Cattle like Gir and Ongole with good breed characteristics will get you Rs 5-6 crore in Brazil. A Kankrej cow from Kutch will fetch Rs 40-50 lakh. Indian breeders have been exporting embryos, which fetch Rs 2 crore.

Rakesh Gautam (New Delhi)

Their intentions do not look good, it is possible they are trying to get Indian cattles for slaughtering.

RavindranSethumadhav (Bengaluru)

...native cows play a very crucial role in natural farming (organic) and thus for the health of the populace...

Prakash (Delhi)

In India, people to look after cows are cheaper than cattle. We can therefore afford to keep sufficient cheap labour to look after the cows by paying just Rs.1000-2000 day (Rs.30-60 per day) and earn handsomely from the cows. We are scared that even if we give MGNREGA jobs, we will not get people to work on the farms even though MGNREGA wages are far below even minimum wages. What a paradox India is!!

narayana (Tpgudem) replies to Prakash

you sit in Delhi and comment and babu's seeing through colored glasses make policies like mgnrega. The farmers keep commititing suicides. MGNREGA intention is to kill farming community.

Whereas our government had all along been promoting jersey,friesian etc breed.Our indigenous breed were neglected so far.

SK Kapoor (())

Before any exports of cattle to a country, the govt. must take an undertaking from the importing country that at any time these cattle will not be killed whether due to illness or beef consumption.

Indian (Bengaluru)

We should protect our gene pool of our holy cows (Kamadhenu) and not let the others exploit it.

ramesh (bangalore) replies to Indian

yes ur ryt m ramesh from bangalore 9844411651 we r doung that

almost 40% cattle in Brazil is Ongole cattle now..

Guruprasad Angisetty (Chennai)

Except Gir , Sahiwal and red sindhi cows most of the other indian breeds have found favor with Latin American countries & Australia for the meat purposes, India requires a comprehensive effort from dairy farmers who rear indigenous breeds to start breed based organizations to record milk yields and grade their cattle based on their breed anatomical conformations, for a start the Government can allow unrestricted import of this Germ Plasm of the Indian indigenous breeds from country which have records of yields for over last 25 years, it is very difficult to run a sustainable commercial scale dairy operation in India because of land availability to grow fodder & feed requirements of such an enterprise to run effectively , many commercial dairy farms with a herd of 100 animals have closed down or are in the process of closing down in this country, with respect to the price of Rs.5-6 crore offered to Gir or Ongole bull but it is a one in a million chance which is purely based on what the breeder in the importing country requirement is, and it cannot be generalized to get people to see opportunity in this business, with regards to cost of embryos they would cost on an average of $500.00 per embryo from elite genetics, we have long way to go in this country with regards to sustainable dairy farming operations, until now it has been good time for DAIRY BRANDS who process & market the milk

Roshan (hyd)

What the F*** is wrong with Indian govt now, those countries are good to slaughter the cows for meat & all those who commented below are big big fools. Do those countries not have cows of there own that they need cows from India.When climate change can affect the cows abroad then the cows tht would be sent from INdia will also be affected, they will be left for nothing else but Slaughter. Plzz Modiji, stop this nonsense of exporting the holy mother.

Viren Chauhan (Chandigarh) replies to Roshan

I second this. Well said Roshan.It is not the milk these meat mongers are after. Indian cattle is prized for the meat because they eat a variety of plants including some medicinal weeds & plants which grow everywhere in India. Instead the cattle in developed countries is farm-fed and usually on genetically engineered corn based diet. That meat is very cheap and way cheaper that vegetables. McDonald sells such burgers for $1 but veggi burgers will be $3 or $4.We should not export live cattle or the meat. This is a ploy to get Indian cattle if India is not willing to export the meat. I hope our policy folks understand this and not start a mad rush for farming our indigenous cattle for export. Do not look at petty revenues coming from such endeavours. We need to see ourselves as Nandini-Nandi Rakshak and not a Raakshas.

krishnak2041 (Bareilly)

Development of cattles in own country also needs urgent attention. There are a lot of schemes on the paper but on the ground reality is entirely different. This aspect needs to be looked into to improve both quality of cattles and milk production.

Ashutosh gogoi (Bhubanshwar)

they might want to taste how our vedik cattle taste ;)

pgangadharan nair (Nileshwar)

India having such rare varieties of cows and essential gracing facilities for fodder slowly losing the number of local breeds on several factors. There were thousands of local cows in dwarf sizes maintainable in simple methods and those breeds are lost for ever which are now trying to protect and promote by organisations. In Kasaragod district of Kerala there were Kasaragod Kullan a dwarf variety which were abundantly grown in villages and homes of farmers and used for milking and those were highly resistant to diseases and simple methods of eating and resting place habits and highly friendly to the women and children. The vast areas of gracing land is permanently lost for various reasons by small scale industrial establishments, housing as a part of development and now it is difficult to get them back in villages and to give protection . The milk production was low but it was superior to other qualities of milk in the market.

pranav d sharma (New Delhi, India)

Becoz it can work 24x7 without asking for any break :)

K. Venkata M. Rao (Hyderabad)

It does happen that breeding companies pay top amounts for a few cattle of pure breeds to help them develop desirable characterstics as a part of their breed development programs. This does not mean that our animals are all in demand suddenly. Let us not forget that the total milk from 4 cows also does not match up to the milk given by a single exotic breed cow, and hence the exotic breeds have spread and sustained milk production around the world.While we all feel strongly for the indigenous breeds, we don't have a single source till today to supply say a lot of 100 pure breed cows if i want them for my commercial farm. To bet on making a living with them is absolutely not sustainable.I am afraid that if the uneducated farmers in villages with a couple of animals start realising that they are not getting paid for their bonded-labor (serving cattle daily) or for the fodder they are collecting from their fields, we will not even be able to produce half of the milk that we are producing today. I also think that if people are practically not allowed to slaughter cattle we would have half the population we do today.

Indiaâ s cattle population declined 4% to 190.9 million, according to the 19th livestock census in 2012, the most recent.

Nalam sb (India)

Endurance of indigenous cattle has been a striking feature in the sub continent unlike the non local horses that migrated here from the Vedic times.....

This might be true of all animal species in India considering our very harsh conditions and the sheer numbers.

color grower (Varanasi) replies to gee sr

Please include the humans too in that formula.

Tejash Chavji (mumbai)

now our cattles are making their mark internationally!!!! I see a good business opportunity here!!!

Kirti Gupta (Delhi)

Nothing can harm Indian cattle,they can survive on plastic, can enjoy days old leftovers in dump yard, drink water flowing out in drainage, can live with wounds and other illnesses.We talk about cow slaughter, it is against our religion but when we see our cows surviving like this! Do we ever stop, to help them or get them something they deserve to eat??

Raj (Singapore)

Pls for god shake don't export .

Abhishek Nair (Ernakulam)

Great, good to know this.

Terming the Central government as "coward", Yadav alleged that while China "has constructed road through mountains in Indian borders", the roads constructed during his tenure as the defence minister were in a poor shape and there has been no discussion about it. s

Venkat Chari (Hyderabad)

Good news that our cattle are being demanded from Australia and Brazil. They have good farms and plains but their cattle population is decreasing. It is good that our cattle can survive their climatic conditions and are able to reproduce.But, one thing to be considered is that we have our own demand for milk and other dairy products. Instead of meeting our demands, they are thinking of exporting cattle to other countries for higher profits. This is not a welcome step. First, we should meet our local demands. The prices have raised too much in the nearby one or two years. They should increase our production and bring down the prices first. Then only can they think of exporting to other countries.

Varadharajan balasub (Bangalore, India) replies to Venkatachari M

The cost of milk is going through the roof in many metros. What is the point in exporting cattle to other countries. Their protection in India will come down due drastic changes in climate. We should be on guard.

madan mohan (mumbai)

Most of cattle in India recycle paper well

sushil (Lucknow)

What VISHWA HINDU PARISHED WOULD DO NOW.What is the guaranee that our Cattle would not be butchered in those countries?

Rajeev Pandey (Mumbai)

Life has come a full circle for the Indian cattles. Four decades back it was a craze to have Jersey, Heifer, Holstein, Blaarkop etc. as a pride to have exotic variety in a farm or barn of a farmer and today our road runners neglected are wanted by the world.

Patriot (Hindusthan) replies to Will It Matter

We are bloody fools! First we imported useless breeds of cow and now we are on the brink of exporting our valuable Indian cows. No other country in the world is as "wise".

Somnath DasGupta (Calcutta)

If you want a home with milk of love, depend on Indian cows. Jokes apart, India should take adequate measures to protect the purity of the genes of the India breeds. No harm in sharing with Australia and Brazil !

dinesh bhanu (Kerala)

Even more wellknown regional breeds are available.

Murthy b (India)

Government should patent these indigenous breeds before opening up for large scale export.Otherwise we will be importing our own breeds later and paying royalty too.

Slok Nath (kgp)

he would like to further export, but the process to get permission is very long

kss (Chennai)

This seems to be a conspiracy.Indian cows should not be exported.Western cows are cross bred in India to weaken the Indian cattle.Milk of their cow is not good for health.This is the reason they dump theirs.and they take indian cows.INDIAN GREEDY POLICIANS DONT KNOW THIS.THEY MORTGAGE INDIA TO WEST.SHAME ON BJP AND CONGRESS.

Varadharajan balasub (Bangalore, India) replies to kss

even other wise how healthy is our cows and cattle. They are fed most of their time with plastic and made to roam and do what ever they want on roads. They them self will like to go abroad for better feed like our unemployed youths.

This is coming to Thailand soon. One very wealthy family decided to target the rural poor by promising them that he would make them rich by stealing from the middle class and wealthy. They came out in droves to vote and he became elected. While serving as PM, he fed at the trough as all politicians do but he got caught, was convicted and sentenced to 2 years in jail. He then fled the country and his younger sister took over as leader of the party and was elected. The populist programs continued despite the harm to Thailand as a whole. Now, she's about to be charged and will lose her position. The rural poor are saying that if that happens, there will be civil war. The sad part is that the populist programs are actually hurting the poor. But the programs are highly visible and causing the rural poor to become indebted to the tune of hundreds of thousands of baht but they don't care. They have new cars and trucks they can't afford. They sell rice to the government for 50% more than world prices causing deficits of one trillion baht so far.Long story and it's going to have a very unhappy ending. The poor love socialism and want other peoples money. The middle class don't want their hard earned tax dollars squandered buying the votes of the poor.

Just wondering (India)

Don't kill them here, send them overseas to be killed.

WOW!!!What a side effect for Climatic changes.One more quality of our cattle also need to be mentioned.They can survive on plastics and papers for their feed.

indian (india)

Butcher Feku will sell his mother as long as someone wants to buy her.

Satyamev Jayate (India) replies to indian

I have seen a lot of your comment on many previous posts. You are not even worthy of calling yourself an Indian. Start using your inherent intelligence for a change rather than read one book a million times and throw comments out of read end.

Rajiev Naarayan (Nagpur)

First time I read such a news. It seems nature is lending a helping hand to our animal husbandry department.

This will surely get more forign reserves for India

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