Kuji Mendha : Environment for UPSC Exams

Kuji Mendha : Environment for UPSC Exams

  • It is a threatened breed of sheep found only in coastal Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts of Odisha.

  • It has been conferred ‘rare and singular species’ tag by the central government.

  • They are fast breeders giving multiple births. Sheep in other parts of Odisha are not known for giving multiple births. This characteristic makes them distinctive from other species.

  • The rare genetic qualities lead to the multiple birth syndromes in them. These animals are dwarf in built with the body covered with coarse hair. The average adult sheep weighs 18-20 kg.

  • Kendrapada sheep are mainly used for production of mutton. The other product of economic importance is their skin. They are well adapted to high ambient temperature, high humidity and heavy rains

  • The National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) has rendered the genetic recognition. With NBAGR conferring it genetically rare status, conserving these domesticated species would receive a boost.

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