The government has recently unveiled a programme to research on ‘indigenous’ cows named SUTRA PIC (Scientific Utilisation Through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows).
More about the programme SUTRA PIC:
- It is to be funded by multiple scientific ministries and led by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
- It has the Department of Biotechnology, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Ministry for AYUSH , the Indian Council of Medical Research as partners.
- Aim is to
- Perform scientific research on complete characterisation of milk and milk products derived from Indian indigenous cows
- Scientific research on nutritional and therapeutic properties of curd and ghee prepared from indigenous breeds of cows by traditional methods
- Development of standards for traditionally processed dairy products of Indian-origin cows.
Five themes of SUTRA PIC
1.Uniqueness of Indigenous Cows
2.Prime-products from Indigenous Cows for Medicine and Health
3.Prime-products from Indigenous Cows for Agricultural Applications
4.Prime-products from Indigenous Cows for Food and Nutrition
5.Prime-products from indigenous cows-based utility items
- It is an Ayurvedic panacea and is a mixture of five (pancha) products of the cow (gavya) milk, curd, ghee, dung and urine. Its proponents believe it can cure, or treat a wide range of ailments.
- In 2017, Science for Equity, Empowerment and Development (SEED) constituted a National Steering Committee (NSC) for ‘Scientific Validation and Research on Panchagavya (SVAROP)’.