Banni

The Banni region emerged from the sea as a result of tectonic activities, received soils from the rivers flown from Bhuj mainland and ends in Greater Rann of Kutch. Soils deposited by the rivers and the wind, made the land of Banni richer enough that is could generate diverse grass species, once reported up to 40 grass species, mostly palatable with saline grass species. Banni grassland supports numerous animal genetic resources like Banni buffalo, Kankrej Cattle, Sheep, Goat, Camel, and horse. This grassland acts as breeding and nesting ground for more than 250 bird species, including resident, winter migratory birds.  Banni region, situated at 23°19’N to 23°52’N  to 68°56’E  to 70°32’E, comprises around 3000 sq.km area under Bhuj taluka of Kutch district, is home of Muslim nomadic pastoralists and Meghwal Hindus. Pastoral lifestyle of the communities not only conserved its rich animal genetic resources but also protected the Banni grassland ecosystem. Read More..

Up Coming Events

 

Banni Breeders’ Association

The Banni Pashu Uchherak Maldhari Sangathan (BPUMS) or the Banni Breeders’ Association was formed in 2008, with the support of Sahjeevan. Presently there are 965 animal breeders who have gained membership in the association.
 

Banni Pashu Mela

Banni is home to indigenous breeds of livestock – the Kankrej cattle and the Banni buffalo, bred to perfection by the local pastoral community known as Maldharis based on their traditional livestock-keeping system of open grazing.
 

Let it be Banni

Banni ko Banni Rehne Do (Let it be Banni) is the movement for the management and utilization of the grasslands of Banni. The land of Banni was given to the Maldhari (pastoralist) community by the rulers of Kachchh for livestock grazing …
 

Research Studies on Banni

Banni has been an area of interest for many scholars related to the field of natural sciences and the Banni buffalo. Below is a list of research studies conducted in Banni.

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