Indigenous Breeds Disappearing, Says Expert

INDIA - Professor Dr Mushtaq A. Memon of Washington State University has said that unique indigenous breeds of Sindhi cattle like red cow, Kundi buffalo and some breeds of goats and cows are fast disappearing and the next generations might only see them in photographs in textbooks.
calendar icon 29 December 2008
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He made the comments at the concluding ceremony of a training course on artificial methods of breeding at the Sindh Agriculture University in Tandojam on 24 December, reports Dawn.

Professor Memon added that nobody seemed to be worried in the country, especially in Sindh, at the prospect of a shortage of milk in near future and people had stopped caring about quality of milk or transfer of diseases from animals to human beings.

Sindh Secretary for Livestock, Mir Mohammad Parhiar, said that the government had not so far achieved expected results despite spending huge amount on the development of livestock sector and providing necessary facilities to the field staff.

He said that the government had provided motorcycles to 900 out of 1,100 stock assistants still the livestock owners were not receiving necessary guidance and facilities with regards to animal diseases.

The training course was jointly organised by the veterinary faculty of the SAU and the Washington State University, USA.

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