If things go as expected, the goat breed of Narayanpatna in Koraput district will get national level recognition in the foreseeable future.
A two-member team from the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) of the Central government has been camping in Narayanpatna since the past two days. Apart from collecting blood samples of the goat breed found in the locality, the team also analysed the ruminant’s colour, height and build.
The goat will be accorded the recognition only when it fulfils the criteria laid down for the purpose.
The Narayanpatna goat is a rare local breed that enjoys a tremendous immunity against disease. While it is known for its quality meat, it gives birth to more than two kids in a year, making it profitable for farmers to rear.
Earlier, a State level team had also visited the locality to collect samples of the goat. The visit of NBAGR team has rekindled the hopes of local people of getting the national recognition for the indigenous breed.
Informing about the purpose of their visit, member of the Central team, Karanbir Singh said, “We have been tasked with the job to examine the goats found in Narayanpatna in Odisha. We will also study the goat breeds in West Bengal, Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir. We have been in Narayanpatna for two days. We are carrying out a detail study to find out how the goats here have acclimatized themselves to the climate.”
Mahesh Dighe, another team member, said, “We are carrying out a survey of cattle, buffalo, goat, sheep and poultry found in Narayanpatna. Our job is to find out the type of animal worthwhile for breeding purpose.”
Veterinary Officer, Rajesh Kumar Sahu said the NBAGR team is focusing on the goat breed of Narayanpatna. “This apart, they are also studying country chicken and cattle breeds. But, right bow, they have collected blood samples of goats only,” Sahu said.
The national level recognition will not only go a long way in improving the financial condition of the goat breeders but also earn a name for Narayanpatna.