The Himalayan yak has been accredited as a meals animal via the clinical panel of Meals Protection and Same old Authority of India (FSSAI), after advice from Division of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD). After this, it’ll be after all notified within the gazette after approval of competent authority. 

The categorisation is anticipated to assist test the decline within the inhabitants of the high-altitude bovine animal via making it part of the normal milk and meat trade.

Mihir Sarkar, the director of the Nationwide Analysis Centre on Yak (NRC-Y) based totally in Arunachal Pradesh’s Dirang, mentioned his establishment had submitted a suggestion to the FSSAI in 2021 for taking into account the yak as a meals animal.

The FSSAI replied with an reliable approval a couple of days in the past after a advice from the Division of Animal Husbandry and Dairying.

“The yak performs a multidimensional socio-cultural-economic function for the pastoral nomads who rear it principally for incomes their dietary and livelihood safety because of the loss of different agricultural job within the upper reaches of the Himalayan area the place it’s tough for animals aside from the yak to continue to exist,” Mr. Sarkar mentioned.

Himalayan nomads rearing the animal. Photo: Special Arrangement

Himalayan nomads rearing the animal. Photograph: Particular Association

Yaks are historically reared below a transhumance machine which is primitive, unorganised and filled with hardship. However the yak inhabitants within the nation has been lowering at an alarming charge, information supplied via the NRC-Y mentioned.

Consistent with a census performed in 2019, India has some 58,000 yaks – a drop of about 25% from the closing farm animals census performed in 2012. Except for the federal government and the native customers, the drastic drop within the yak’s quantity has turn out to be a big motive of shock for animal genetic range conservationists.

The drastic decline in yak inhabitants may well be attributed to much less remuneration from the bovid, discouraging the more youthful generations from proceeding with nomadic yak rearing. It’s principally as a result of yak milk and meat don’t seem to be part of the normal dairy and meat trade, their sale is restricted to native customers.

NRC-Y scientists consider the commercialisation of yak milk and meat merchandise will result in entrepreneurship building. However for that the yak must be integrated as a meals generating (milk and meat) animal within the Meals Protection and Requirements Law, 2011, they mentioned.

“The FSSAI’s reputation will assist farmers rear the yak economically and open up a number of vistas of monetary advantages for each farmers and meals processors,” Mr. Sarkar mentioned.


Analysis on the NRC-Y has printed yak milk is extremely nutritious, wealthy in fats, incorporates very important minerals and has medicinal values. Consistent with the dietary research, yak milk incorporates 78-82% water, 7.5-8.5% fats, 4.9-5.3% protein, 4.5-5.0% lactose and 12.3-13.4% solids-not-fat. The goods which might be historically constructed from yak milk are churkum, churpi, ghee and paneer.

Most commonly fed on in the neighborhood, yak meat is understood to be lean. The beef incorporates 74.8% moisture, 21.7% protein, 1.5% crude fats and 1.2% ash.

Experts mentioned yak husbandry must be extra remunerative for attracting the more youthful generations.

“NRC-Yak has evolved a semi-intensive fashion of yak-rearing wherein yaks are maintained in an open house in addition to in paddock around the 12 months. Now that the yak is a meals animal, this fashion can cross a ways in making yak-rearing a business luck,” Mr. Sarkar mentioned.

An error via the NRC-Y used to be corrected submit newsletter.

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