Haryana, Cows of Indian breed, developed in Brazil and ranked number one in the world, would be brought back to the country to improve the breed of cows here.
This was disclosed by the Haryana Animal Husbandry Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar, who is leading a high-level delegation to Brazil, after attending EXPO Zebu (Cow) at Uberaba, today.
The EXPO was inaugurated by the President of Brazil, Mr. Michel Temer, who appreciated Indian breeds of cows and inaugurated Kamdhenu Shala.
The other members of the delegation included Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, MLAs, Mr. Balwant Singh, Mr. Bakhshish Singh, Principal Secretary, Irrigation Department, Mr. Anurag Rastogi, Chief Administrator, Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board, Mr. Mandip Singh Brar and other officers.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Haryana Animal Husbandry Department and Association of Brazilian Cow Breeder (Associação Brasileira dos Criadores de Zebu) for setting up a centre of excellence for improving the breeds of cows in the country with the help of Indian breeds developed in Brazil.
Their sexed semen and genetic material would be brought to Haryana for improving the breeds. On behalf of the Haryana Government, the document was signed by Mr Dhankar and Directors of the Association did so on behalf of the Chairman of the Association.
Mr. Dhankar said, “We are forgetting Kamdhenu whereas the Brazilians have named the main hall of their EXPO as ‘Kamdhenu Shala’. The Indian breeds of cows have actually become Kamdhenu for them in real sense of the term. This day has become memorable for me and I am happy to see better breeds of Indian cows in Brazil. I hope to see same scenario in Haryana for which efforts would be made by the present state government”.