PHLA has expressed gratitude to the veterinary minister as Phungcham Haofa Lovers Association (PHLA) carried out Anti-rabies vaccination at Phungcham. Around 140 Haofas have been vaccinated.
TFM Ukhrul Correspondent
Phungcham Haofa Lovers Association (PHLA) expressed immense gratitude to Khashim Vashum, Minister of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry and Transport, Government of Manipur and Joint Dorector of the Ukhrul Veterinary Department for providing 200 shots of Anti-rabies vaccine free of cost.
Vice President of PHLA, Yangpen Yangya stated that “we are grateful to Khashim Vashum, Hon’ble Minister of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry and Transport, Manipur and Joint Director of Ukhrul Veterinary Department for providing the Anti-rabies vaccine for free. We were able to administered Anti-rabies vaccination to 140 numbers of Haofa on Tuesday and Thursday at Phungcham. We will also carry out anti rabies vaccination at Paorei and Varangalai on Friday.”
He also stated that there is an urgent need to establish a “Haofa Breeding Centre” to propagate and increase its dwindling number. Yangpen Yangya added, “on 3rd February 2021, a team from Central Agricultural University, Imphal visited Phungcham for inspection of Haofa. They have collected the detailed information of the breed such as general description, management practices, physical characters, performance, utility and other information specific to the breed. Accordingly, the application for registration of Haofa was sent to the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR) at Haryana on 6th July 2022. Now, we are eagerly waiting for the certification of Haofa.”
PHLA aims to preserve and promote Haofa – the indigenous canine breed of the Tangkhul community. The only Association for Haofa is formed by Haofa owners and promoters from Phungcham, Ukhrul District, Manipur in 2021. Today, the Association has around 40 members. The Association displayed Haofa during the Shirui Lily Festival 2022 and successfully organised the first Haofa Festival in 2022 at Phungcham with the support from Minister Khashim Vashum, and dedicated contribution from Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Government of Manipur and Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal.