Andaman goat cross-bred with African species
Scientists in Andaman and Nicobar Islands claim to have for the first time successfully cross-bred a native goat species with a high meat-yielding South African variety.
The experiment by Central Agricultural Research Institute scientists would brighten economic prospects of goat farming in the archiepelago still recovering from the December 2004 tsunami.
Cross-breeding of the Andaman goat species was done using frozen semen of the Boer goat, a South African variety considered one of the top Chevon breeds, director and head of the CARI animal science division R B Rai said.
Boer goat cross-breeds were capable of producing high quality meat with higher dressing percentage, he said.
"This research programme will help in developing an improved breed with better adaptability and productivity for the island's farmers who have lost their livestock wealth to the tsunami," he said.
The artificial insemination of local goats at the CARI experimental farm began in July, 2005 with 13 animals.
Head of the project S Jeyakumar said the first kid was born on March 4 follwed by a second on March 7 and more wedre expected around April-May.