Bhubaneswar, Sep 6: Yet another milestone in animal breed registration, Manda buffalo of Odisha got national recognition. With national recognition of Manda buffalo, all efforts will be made by Govt. of India and Govt. of Odisha to conserve this unique buffalo genetic resource of Odisha and efforts will be made to enhance their productivity through breeding strategy and market the produce – milk, curd, ghee etc. at premium price resulting improvement of livelihood of the stakeholders in the native tract.
Manda buffalo is native to Odisha and having an isolated breeding tract and geographical distribution to hill ranges of Eastern Ghats and plateau of Koraput region. Mostly ash grey and grey body colour is a very unique coat colour with this buffalo breed.
This buffalo germplasm was first identified and a detail survey was made by ARD department of Odisha in collaboration with Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology under the leadership of Bishnupada Sethi, lAS then the Director and Susanta Kumar Dash, an Animal Geneticist.
The findings of the project was put to NBAGR for recognition of the indigenous unique buffalo – Manda at national level. Now it has been declared as the 19th breed of buffalo in the country. Manda are small sized, sturdy buffaloes, and both male & females are being used for ploughing and in agricultural operations in the native tract of Koraput, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur districts.