Conferences & Consultations
In Pastoral Goshtis, pastoralists hold space and share stages as they discuss their future. Throughout the exhibitions, pastoralists discuss a range of issues impacting their livelihood, mobility and lifestyles.
When pastoralists gathered daily in IGNCA’s amphitheatre, during the 18 day long Delhi exhibition, it was perhaps the very first time in recent history that fifteen pastoralist communities from ten States of India – from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat, Kashmir to Telangana – met for seven long days to exchange their practices, concerns, and stories.
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In Delhi, they listened to Neelkanthmama, a Kuruba leader, explain the processes they undertook to ensure that the Karnataka government created a compensatory policy for the death of small ruminants, the only State in India to do so. Kachchh pastoralists explained the genetic virtues of the Banni buffalo breed that they have developed, and how the National Bureau Of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) recognised their breed, bringing prestige and financial benefits to the community.
The opportunities they wanted to collectively
explore were the huge amounts of sheep wool
they now sheared and lay waste due to the lack
of markets for local sheep wool.
They lamented that the wool corporations had
not invested in the huge diversity of Indian
wool, allowing international sheep wool varieties
like Merino to take over the Indian wool markets.