The Manda buffalo has been recognised as the 19th unique breed of buffaloes found in India by the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR).
Key-points Manda Buffalo
- The buffalo are found in geographical distribution to hill ranges of Eastern Ghats and plateau of Koraput region.
- Both male and female of this breed are used for ploughing in their native habitat.
- These buffaloes have ash grey and grey coats with copper-coloured hair.
- The lower part of the legs up to elbow is light in colour with copper-colored hair at the knee.
- Speciality of the Breed
- Resistant to parasitic infections
- Less prone to diseases
- Can live, produce and reproduce at low or nil input systems
Other recognized breeds
- NBAGR already received a recognition of
- One breed of sheep, Kendrapada
- Two breeds of buffalo - Chilika and Kalahandi
- Four breeds of cattle - Binjharpuri, Motu, Ghumusari and Khariar
Significance of Recognition
- With the national recognition, efforts will be made by the Centre and State for conservation of the unique buffalo genetic resource.
- The conservation projects are in force for all the indigenous breeds in the State.
- Binjharpuri cattle semen production and its use through artificial insemination is a remarkable achievement in the country in the field of conservation.
National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR)
- ICAR-National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal (NBAGR) is the nodal agency for the registration of newly identified germplasm of livestock and poultry of the country.
- NBAGR undertakes the responsibility of evaluating, certifying and conserving the rich and varied germplasm resources available in the country and whose genetic base is shrinking fast.