Haryana’s cows and bulls will not walk the ramp this weekend.
The Jat agitation for quota in jobs and educational institutions has cost them the opportunity. The recent violence and subsequent curfew forced the Haryana government to call off the state-level indigenous cattle show in Rohtak.
Director general, animal husbandry and dairying, Dr GS Jakhar told Hindustan Times that the two-day show was cancelled because the law and order situation was not conducive.
“The department needed time to make arrangements as a large number of farmers had evinced interest in the show. But we did not get time because there was curfew in the area till two days ago,” Dr Jakhar said.
The decision to cancel the show was taken in consultation with animal husbandry minister Om Prakash Dhankar, who had otherwise been keen on the show.
Dozens of farmers and cattle-owners had shown interest in the contest planned by the department on February 27 and 28 to select the best cow and bull specimens of indigenous breeds such as Sahiwal and Hariana in the state.
In the show, dubbed by some as a “beauty pageant”, cows and bulls are required to walk before a panel of judges for Rs 1 lakh each for the owners in different categories.
“The aim is to promote ‘desi gai’ (indigenous cow). No new dates have been decided,” Dr Jakhar said.
The BJP government has been trying to promote ‘desi gai’ breeds through the programme, Gausamvardhan, for conservation and development of indigenous cattle.
Of the estimated 18 lakh cattle as per the 2012 census, eight lakh are of desi breed and the remaining are exotic or cross-bred. “The show was planned as the population of indigenous cattle is at an all-time low. We need urgent measures for conservation of these breeds,” an official said.