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Conservation of Threatened Breeds

The population of some of the pure bred small ruminants, equines, pigs and pack animals has come down considerably and such breeds have come to the category of threatened breeds in the country.

A new centrally sponsored scheme for conservation of such threatened breeds was started during Tenth Five Year Plan with a budget outlay of Rs.1500 lakhs. Farms/farmer's units in their respective breeding tract are established under the scheme with 100% central assistance. The conservation projects are being implemented by State Governments, Universities and NGO's. During the Tenth plan period, conservation projects for 27 breeds were taken up. During 2007-08, an amount of Rs.136.06 lakh was release for the conservation of Sangamneri Goat in the State of Maharashtra (Rs.32 lakh), Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana (Rs.30 lakh), Government of Gujarat for conservation of Kathiawari horses (Rs.36.81 lakh) and Rs.28.25 lakh was released the Govt. of Uttar Pradesh for Conversation of Mujaffarnagri Sheep by Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut and Rs.9 lakh released to NABARD Consultancy Services (NABCONS) for evaluation of the scheme.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 07-01-2011