With the indigenous cow race facing threat from high-yielding foreign breed, the Tirumala-Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to set up an exclusive gene bank for pure native breed cows.

“We have readied a detailed proposal. We are keen to start this bank this year,” L.V. Subrahmanyam, Executive Officer of TTD, told Business Line.

He said the milk from the cross-breed cows is posing health problems, while the milk from indigenous cows is very healthy.

“We will further conduct research on this at the proposed gene bank coming up at Palamaner in Chittoor district. It will come up in an area of 600 acres,” he said.

In association with some Jain group, the TTD will also set up cow protection centres in all districts of Andhra Pradesh.

“These centres will take care of the ageing cows till their death. The scriptures have laid down the procedures on how to take care of the cows after they stopped giving milk,” he said.

kurmanath.kanchi@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on February 21, 2013)
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