INDIA - The state of Maharashtra has got the nod from the central government for setting up three animal shelters also known as cattle centres (Gokul Gram).
Three shelters will be built at Aarey milk colony in Mumbai, Tathawade in Pune and Amravati.
Each shelter will have a capacity to house 1000 animals and will be set up with an investment of $2.50 million (Rs 15 crore) and overall the cost for three shelters is around $7.5 million.
Care will be provided to dairy cattle and non-productive animals.
The shelters are "very important" following the bull slaughter ban in Maharashtra in March. Cattle were formerly sold to cattle traders, a state agriculture official told TheCattleSite.
Cow and calf slaughter was already banned under the 1976 Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act, although Buffalo slaughter is allowed.
The shelters address street disruption and reduce disease spreading from old animals dying and confusion over carcass disposal.
Genetic improvements and dung manufacture are expected to be future benefits.
Implemented by the Indian agriculture ministry, the facilities are part of a larger National Gokul Gram (Animal Shelter) initiative.
Breed development will take place upgrading cattle with Gir, Sahiwal, Rathi, Deoni, Tharparkar and Red Sindhi genetics.
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