NBAGR Confers Rare and Singular Species Genetic Recognition Tag to Kendrapara Sheep [ Current News (Concise) ]
In Odisha The National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) has conferred rare and singular species genetic recognition tag to the threatened breed of Kendrapara sheep founded.
- To receive such tag it became the 42nd sheep breed in India.
- It received registration number
- Rare status will help to boost conservation effort to protect these domesticated threatened sheep.
- ‘Four cattle breeds and two buffalos’ native to Odisha were registered at national level by NBAGR.
About Kendrapara sheep
- Kendrapara sheep is founded in sea Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts of Odisha.
- It is called kuji mendha.
- They are well adapted to high ambient temperature, high humidity and heavy rain.
- The average adult sheep weighs 18 - 20 kg and dwarf in built with the body covered with rough hair.
- This sheep carries FecB mutation gene.
- FecB mutation gene is responsible for prolificacy (multiple babies in same delivery) or multiple birth syndrome.
- This feature makes them unique from other species sheep, Species as they are not known for giving multiple births.
- Kendrapara sheep is second sheep breed in India (other one is Garole sheep found in West Bengal)
- The sixth in the world that carries FecB mutation gene.
- Multiple-birth features make it a profitable livelihood source.
- They are mainly used for mutton production.
- Their skin has economic significance.
National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR):
- NBAGR Established on 21st September, 1984 at Bangalore.
- It is best institute for dedicated to work with its order of identification, characterization, evaluation, conservation and utilization of livestock and poultry genetic resources of the country.
- Published on: July 11, 2016