The government has allotted funds for the protection of native Kangayam, Pulikulam and Umbalachery breeds that are used in jallikattu, Minister for Animal Husbandry B. Balakrishna Reddy on 11th July, announced in the Assembly.
A total of ₹2.5 crore has been allocated for setting up a research centre at Erode for the Kangayam breed that is known for its draught power. This breed is found in Erode district and parts of Coimbatore, Tirupur and Namakkal.
For the Pulikulam breed, which resembles the Kangayam but is smaller in size, the government has allocated ₹2 crore for setting up a research centre at Sivagangai.
The department’s Korukkai farm in Tiruvarur district, where the Umbalachery breed is being reared and researched upon will get an allocation of ₹50 crore for improving infrastructure. This draught breed, which is short in stature and suitable for work in marshy rice fields, derives its name from its native village in Nagapattinam and is also called as Mottai Maadu and Molai Maadu. The best bulls and cows from these breeds would be reared at the research centres and the progeny from these would be kept for the future.
All the three breeds, known for their fiery nature, are widely used in Tamil Nadu’s jallikattu.
The Minister also said a sum of ₹50 lakh would be allocated to protect the Tharparkar breed at Chettinad.
Looking to tap the potential for the growing market of country breed chicken, the Animal Husbandry Department has decided to set up a hatchery for country breed chicken in the Livestock Farm located at Hosur in Krishnagiri district.