Nepal seeks special permission from India to import cows

Nepal has sought a special permission from India to import some 50,000 cows after Yoga guru Swami Ramdev offered to gift the animals as part of his plans to set up an Ayurvedic drug manufacturing company.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 21:10 PM IST

Kathmandu: Nepal has sought a special
permission from India to import some 50,000 cows after Yoga
guru Swami Ramdev offered to gift the animals as part of his
plans to set up an Ayurvedic drug manufacturing company in the
the Himalayan nation.

Nepal`s request came as Indian laws do not allow
export of cows to foreign countries.

"The government recently sent a request letter to the
Indian government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to
provide special privilege for importing cows from India,"
Nepalese Minister for Agriculture and Co-operatives Mrigendra
Kumar Singh Yadav said.

The high breed cows being gifted by Ramdev, founder of
Patanjali Yoga Peeth, will be used for acquiring dung and
urine for the proposed drug company and they can produce up to
22 litres of milk per day.

"Guru Ramdev has assured us to provide 50,000 cows of
Haryana and Saibal breeds free of cost. We are busy preparing
a framework comprising minimum standards for import,"
Purushottam Mainali, Joint Secretary at the Ministry, was
quoted as saying by the Myrepublica.com.

According to officials at the Ministry, the import of
the cows will also solve the problem of milk shortage in the
country.

Ramdev has visited Nepal twice over the past five
years and tens of thousands of Nepalese had attended his Yoga
camps.

PTI