A commemorative postage stamp on the 5th International Conference on the Goats :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 2, 1992
Description of Designs : The stamp, depicting a seal from the Harappa Culture of 2500 to 1500 B.C., has been designed by India Security Press, Nashik. The First Day Cover shows a stone carving of around 1 B.C. depicting the legend of King Daksha with a goat head along with his consorts, worshiping Lord Shiva. The cancellation depicting another seal from the Harappa Culture, has been designed by Alka Sharma.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Two Colour
Denomination : 600 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported Un W/M gravure coated Gummed Stamp Paper
Number Printed : 6,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
- The goat is perhaps the earliest ruminant to be domesticated, and of all the species of domesticated animals except the dog, has the widest ecological range. The goat, numerically is the most important species of livestock in developing countries, especially in Asia and Africa which have 90% of its population and produce 90% of their requirement of meat and 70% of their requirement of milk from this species. Goats provide subsistence to a large percentage of small holders and landless poor and marketable commodities such as meat, milk, skins, fibre and manure. The goat’s role in destruction of vegetation leading to desertification is highly exaggerated and is more due to various misconceptions. Goats in fact help in revegetation through dispersal of seeds, prevent forest fires and open unutilised vegetative areas for other livestock species. The socio-economic importance of goats is evident from the sharp rise in their number and their contribution to human welfare in the last ten years.
- The International Goat Association, in collaboration with the host country, organises international conferences every five years. The V International Conference on Goats with the theme of “Goat and Rural Prosperity” was organised from March 2 to 8, 1992 in New Delhi. The conference was attended by 1000 participants, 700 from within the country and 300 from almost all countries of the world, both developed and developing. The main objectives were to provide a scholarly exchange of information on all aspects of goats and utilisation of their products for the benefit of mankind, to encourage and promote international co-operation in research and development of goats as a species for the prosperity of mankind and to promote awareness on the socio-economic value of goats in ameliorating poverty of the rural masses.