February 5, 2019
Coimbatore : Over 1,000 cattle and livestock will be on show at the three-day Agriculture and Cattle Festival to be held at Samathur near Pollachi, about 45 KMs from here from February eight.
Almost all the 37 categories of bulls and cows, including the traditional Kangeyam bull from this region, from across India will be on display at the 5th edition of festival titled “Kongunadu Naatu Velan and Kalnadai Thiruvizha” (Kongu Region Agriculture and Animal Festival), Vellingiri, Coordinator of Vanavarayan Foundation, told reporters here Tuesday.
Besides bulls and cows, over 200 hen and cocks, buffaloes, horses and dogs will participate in the festival, which will emphasize the importance of preserving Konguland’s (Western Tamil Nadu) ancient culture of rearing cattle to the present and the future generation and spreading awareness on the technological advancements to agriculture, he said.
The event has model integrated farm for the benefit of the farmers in and around Pollachi, whose main cultivation is coconut, he said.
As agriculture was introduced from this edition, there will be seminars on paddy cultivation, elevated cage system for goat farming, hydroponics, mushroom producing unit, coconut based integrated farming system and intercropping, Vellingiri said.
The festival will begins with 108 Gomatha (cow) pooja and there will be an exhibition of native cattle and indigenous cattle breeds, which are an integral part of the rural life , he added.