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Case Studies

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Saving a Rare Breed


Conservation of native breeds of livestock


Farmers in Kasargod district, Kerala

The Challenge:

  • The Kasargod Dwarf, a local variety of cows, was on the verge of extinction
  • Lack of awareness about the medicinal properties of milk and milk-based products of this ancient breed

The Solution:

  • NABARD sanctioned an assistance of ` 4.66 lakh to the Havyaka Abhyudaya Charitable Trust
  • A detailed survey of the cows was conducted in 5 gram panchayats in the district for data compilation and creation of awareness
  • Capacity-building programmes were conducted to raise awareness about the benefits of this breed of cows

The Impact:

  • Adoption of dairy activities by farmers to earn additional income
  • Ayurvedic medicines developed from ghee and fungal repellents and bio-pesticides from buttermilk and cow’s urine
  • Increased demand for cow dung and organic manure
  • Doubling of average monthly income of farmers
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