Pashmina goats perishing in heavy snow on Indian frontier

Jammu, India Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:53pm IST

Indian nomad Sonan Stobgeus inspects his Pashmina goat at Taglang La in Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir August 22, 2002. REUTERS/Kamal Kishore/Files

Indian nomad Sonan Stobgeus inspects his Pashmina goat at Taglang La in Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir August 22, 2002.

Credit: Reuters/Kamal Kishore/Files

Related Topics

Jammu, India (Reuters) - Thousands of Pashmina goats may have perished in recent heavy snowfall around the nomadic areas of Changthang on the Sino-Indian frontier of the Ladakh region, officials said on Friday.

The area is a production hub for the finest quality of Pashmina (Kashmir) wool in India and is used in manufacturing of popular Kashmiri shawls sold across the world.

"We have no information of several places in the area. Many places are still snowbound and inaccessible. There is no communication link with them", said Tsering Samphel, a former lawmaker from the region.

"Since 1962, this is an unprecedented snowfall in the area and it has severely affected our nomadic way of life and livestock. Pashmina goats who get impregnated before the onset of winter have also perished," he added.

"We may face (an) acute shortage of Pashmina wool this year".

He said up to 10,000 domesticated animals including Pashmina goats have perished due fodder shortages and the freezing cold.

"About 1,000 quintals (100,000 kg) of fodder was dispatched immediately by Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) to the affected areas but the same could not be distributed due to snow bound pastures where these animals are scattered these days", said Samphel.

He said the federal Ministry of Textiles had earmarked 40 million rupees last year for nutrition supplement to save Pashmina goats during pregnancy and to meet such exigencies.

This money, Samphel said, helped in procuring about ten thousand quintals of cattle feed, 2,500 quintals of barley and 3,000 quintals of alfalfa fodder for the purpose.

(Reporting by Ashok Pahalwan, editing by Paul Casciato)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Cinema

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Movie Review

Movie Review

Farah Khan brings back SRK, self-deprecating jokes, six-pack abs and lots of bling.  Full Article 

La Renta's Funeral

La Renta's Funeral

Designer Oscar de la Renta's funeral to be private New York affair.  Full Article 

Stratospheric Career

Stratospheric Career

Matthew McConaughey enjoying his 'Interstellar' career heights.  Full Article 

Horror Role

Horror Role

From 'Bates Motel' to 'Ouija,' Olivia Cooke finds breakout in horror.  Full Article 

Debut Tweet

Debut Tweet

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet.  Full Article 

Job Hunting

Job Hunting

Rebekah Brooks in New York 'explores' job opportunities.  Full Article 

"John Wick"

"John Wick"

Actor Keanu Reeves returns to the dark side in 'John Wick'.  Full Article 

For A Cause

For A Cause

Elton John joins with U.S. agencies on new AIDS programme.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage