Protection and Preservation of Genotype of Gir Cows
NEW DELHI: As per the 19th Livestock Census -2012, the number of female cattle in the country has increased to 122.98 million from 115.45 million as per 18th Livestock Census-2007.
In order to compliment and supplement the efforts made by the States to protect genotype of indigenous bovine breeds including Gir cow using new scientific methods Government of India is implementing following schemes:
v ‘RashtriyaGokul Mission’ as a part of National Programme for Bovine Breeding & Dairy Development (NPBBDD) is aimed for development and conservation of all indigenous bovine breeds including Gir breed of cattle and Jaffarabadi breed of buffalo in a scientific and holistic manner.
v National Dairy Plan-I (NDP-I) covers genetic upgradation of 12 indigenous bovine breeds including Gir breed of cattle and Jaffarabadi breed of buffalo.
v An amount of Rs 25.00 crore each has been released to Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh for establishment of National Kamdhenu Breeding Centre in northern region and southern region respectively.
v Gujarat is participating under RashtriyaGokul Mission and implementing programmes for development and conservation of indigenous bovine breeds of the State including Gir cows and Jaffarabadi buffaloes. Under the scheme State has initiated establishment of Gir cow sanctuary, strengthening of bull mother farms and induction of bulls for natural service and artificial insemination (AI).