Pulikulam Cattle Herders Documentary movie "MAA"

A decade before there were 10 lakh traditional Pulikulam herd cattle present in the southern part of Tamil Nadu alone, as the time goes their numbers got decreased drastically. The main reason identified by us was, lack of co-ordination among the grazing communities, allocation of grazing land for other development activities, lack of awareness on Forest Rights Act, Unavailability of timely medical assistance for grazing livestock, since people involved in grazing have no contact with the regime; the plans introduced by state and central government are not focused upon the welfare of their pastoral activity. In today’s civilized world, the prevalence of lack of social recognition for the grazing community is also an important reason of their setback.

  • P Kabilan
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    24 minutes 4 seconds
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    May 1, 2021
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    3,000 USD
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Director Biography

I'm Kabilan from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. I have been researching the Life of the Pastoral community and the endangered Pulikulam Cattle. I am also trying to increase the number of Pulikulam Cattle.

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The herd cattle (Pulikulam) travels 10- 15 kilometres every day during 9am to 6pm and consumes only natural forage grown on the lands. When its dung falls on the soil while grazing, it becomes a natural manure that enhances land productivity and it also paves the way for formation of many micro-organisms that keeps the land and soil fertile. Thus, it becomes an important keystone species for the formation of many beneficial organisms acting as a conservator of organism life chain and preservatory of biodiversity.