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The consultation deliberated on the need to evaluate and assess pastoralists contributions to the economy, understand the complex set of challenges that pastoralists face, and develop a long term perspective on pastoralism as well as what it had to offer to the next generation. This was perhaps the first time that such a composite group of people had come together to discuss the present and future of “pastoralism” and “pastoralists’ in India.

The sessions concluded with a team of experts drawing up a set of summary recommendations and participants concurring that for pastoralism to attract due attention, investment and policy initiatives, a separate department or Mission for pastoralists should be considered under the Ministry of Agriculture.