Ganga-India’s first cloned GirCalf

On March 16, 2023, the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) in Karnal, Haryana, has produced the country’s first cloned female calf of the desi breed
Gir, named ‘Ganga.”

  • The National Dairy Research Institute (ICAR NDRI) has become the first institute in the country to produce a cloned calf of cattle.
    • Gir cow is a native tract in Gujarat and is popular for its docile nature, disease-resistance, heat-tolerance and high milk producing qualities.
  • The newborn cloned female calf of the cow has been named “Ganga”, which weighs 32kg
  • The project was started in 2021 by the NDRI in collaboration with Uttarakhand Livestock Development Board (ULDB), Dehradun, for the cloning of indigenous cows such as Gir, Sahiwal, and Red Shindhi.
About ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute

The foundation stone of the edifice of NDRI was laid at Bengaluru on July 1, 1923 and later head quarter was shifted to Karnal in 1955.