Scientists at Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) here claimed to have successfully produced a cloned buffalo offspring ‘Cirb Gaurav’
CIRB Director Dr. Inderjeet Singh said on Sunday that the scientists achieved the success on December 11 last year.
India has 58% the world’s buffaloes and 35% of India’s cattle are buffaloes. Buffalo milk is 70% of the total milk yield in India, with its national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) share being larger than wheat and rice combined. Buffalo meat makes up 86% of India’s total meat exports.
Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes is a publicly funded institute for water buffalo research. It is located at Hisar in the north Indian state of Haryana.
It has a mandate to conserve superior animals of all buffalo breeds.
It is the world’s largest buffalo research institute with the widest range of breeds under study.
It has created the world’s first online Buffalopedia in several languages.