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Murrah bulls from India sent to Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Lahan

The Nepal Weekly
November 28, 2023

Murrah bulls (water buffaloes of advanced breed) gifted to Nepal by the government of India for crossbreeding Nepal’s buffaloes have been sent to the National Livestock Breeding Office in Banke, Pokhara and Lahan.

Indian officials handed over the bulls that entered Nepal via Nepalgunj to the Nepali authorities on Thursday. Dr. Madhav Aryal, chief of the National Livestock Resource Management and Promotion Office, said that after completing the health examination and customs procedures, the bulls were sent to the National Livestock Breeding Office, Gaughat of Banke, Pokhara and Lahan.

He said that the health condition of the buffaloes brought from the Central Buffalo Research Institute in Hisar, India, was good and after all the buffaloes were found healthy, they were sent to the three animal breeding centres.

Earlier, Dr. Rajesh Kumar, a senior veterinarian at the Central Buffalo Research Institute in Hisar, India, handed over the bulls to Aryal at the holding yard of the Animal Quarantine Check Post in Nepalgunj.

According to Aryal, out of 15 buffaloes received from India, three have been sent to the National Livestock Breeding Office, Gaughat of Banke, while seven have been sent to the National Livestock Breeding Office, Pokhara and five have been sent to the National Livestock Breeding Office, Lahan. Dr. Bhaju Ram Mahato, Chief Animal Development Officer of the National Livestock Breeding Office, Pokhara, and Shivanath Mahato, Chief Animal Development Officer of the National Livestock Breeding Office, Lahan, reached Nepalgunj to collect the bulls. During India visit of Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ from May 31 to June 3 this year, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi gifted 15 Murrah buffaloes to Nepal. The Murrah bulls will play a key role in the breeding of advanced buffaloes.