New Delhi: Among the shortest in the breeds of cattle in the world, there are less than 500 cows of the Punganur breed. Year 2022 brought cheer for the breed and the Animal Husbandry Department as the first IVF calf of the Punganur breed was born on Saturday January 8.
“India’s first IVF calf of Punganur cattle was born at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra,” according to the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD).
The DAHD, under the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, has embarked on a project that upholds the potential to give a significant boost to national dairy production with the aim of conserving the indigenous cattle.
“Milk from the indigenous cattle contains higher nutritional value to fight diseases,” said an official.
For multiple reasons, India has seen a decline in indigenous cattle over the last several decades. Now the Department of Animal Husbandry is promoting uses of IVF for cattle to preserve the indigenous, rare bovines.
The DAHD has been carrying out similar efforts for Banni, Tharpakar and Ongole breeds too.
Earlier in October, India’s first Banni buffalo IVF calf was born in Gujarat’s Somnath district while Suratgarh in Rajasthan recorded the birth of the first female calf of Tharpakar breed, conceived through IVF technology.