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India's next weapon against climate change? The heat-tolerant dwarf cow

印度对付气候变化的新武器?耐热侏儒牛

THIRUVANANDHAPURAM, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Worsening heat, fodder shortages and the threat of drought are forcing many hard-hit dairy farmers in the Anantapur area of India's southern Kerala state to reduce their herds, experts say.

印度——温度越来越高,草料越来越少,再加上干旱的威胁,印度南部喀拉拉邦Anantapur地区遭受严重打击的奶农被迫减少自己的畜群,专家称。



A team of researchers from Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University and the state government's Animal Husbandry Department are now promoting a switch to Vechur and Kasargod cattle, two local varieties known for being easy to raise, resistant to diseases and – most important – better at tolerating high temperatures than the more popular crossbred cattle.

喀喀拉邦兽医和动物科学大学的研究团队和该邦畜牧业部门正在敦促农民们改养Vechur 和 Kasargod,这两种当地牛种容易饲养,而且对疾病具有抵抗力,最重要的是它们比更加普及的杂种牛更耐高温。