Bangalore, Oct 25 (UNI) In a bid to create awareness about the importance of protecting and promoting native Indian cow breeds, a world conference, 'Vishwa Gou Sammelan', will be held at Hosanagara in Karnataka during April next year.
Briefing newspersons about the conference, Sri Raghaveshwara Bharati, seer of Ramachandrapura Math, said a mission, 'Kamadugha', had been launched to propagate and protect all breeds of Indian cows. The number of native breeds had dropped to 27 from over 70 a few decades ago due to various reasons.
In spite of their value and virtues, the Indian cow breeds were being ignored in their own native land. This was due to lack of awareness on the one hand and craze for hybrid and foreign breeds on the other. The other serious devlopment was increasing cow slaughter in the country which had shot up to 20 cows per minute, he claimed.
The highlight of the conference would be deliberations, demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions and cultural events. 'Gopala' awards would be given away to honour cowherds from all parts of the country, he added.
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