WORLD ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY
SRINAGAR: On the occasion of World Endangered Species Day veterinarians in Kashmir on Friday raised concern over the diminishing population of several local animal species, particularly the Kashmir Faverolla or Koshur Kukur a bird strain indigenous to Kashmir that according to them is on decline.
Vice chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazeer Ahmed impressed upon the participants to “conserve the local breeds as the local breeds are more adapted to the agro climatic conditions of Kashmir valley than exotic breeds.” This he said while addressing farmers and scientists, on the concluding day of a symposium “Livestock Resources Management under Changing Climate Scenario”. He also advised scientists to take measures for improvement of local livestock breeds. On the occasion, a workshop “Save Kashmir Faverola – Kaeshur Koukur from getting Extinct – Ways and Means” was organized by KVK Ganderbal that wit-nessed participation of poultry farmers from various villages of Ganderbal, Pulwama and Anantnag who were told about the im-portance of preserving this indigenous breed.
According to experts, the population of Kashmir faverolla has been declining over the years with the introduction of several exotic breeds that include White Leghorns, Vanraja and other new breeds that have ousted the local breed from the coops.
Dr Parvaiz Reshi, a renowned veterinarian at KVK Ganderbal told Kashmir Reader there is need to save the Kaeshur Kokur as “we have witnessed decline in its indigenous population.”
He said, “Pure indigenous strains do, however, exist in several remote areas and it can be revived by joint efforts of scientists and farmers.”
During the programme farmers were apprised about preserving the indigenous strains of poultry particularly the Kashmir faverolla. Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone who was the Chief Guest on the valedictory function also impressed upon the participants to double their efforts in taking latest technologies developed in the university to the field.
“Adopt integrated farming system to reduce imports and help in preserving our local livestock breeds,” lone said while advising farmers and scientists.