India-China border dispute 'Thousands of Pashmina goats killed'

Shepherds and officials say goats grazing in sensitive areas are pulling out of pastures.

As the Pashmina goats living on the "world roof" are embroiled in a border dispute between nuclear neighbors India and China, the world is moving towards a lack of highly valuable and super-soft cashmere fleece.

Wool from Pashmina goats is the most expensive and prestigious cashmere in the world, by nomadic species in the high-altitude cold desert region of Ladakh, the federal territory of India.

But in a confrontation between the world's two most populous countries, wool-fed hawks are being pushed out of their grazing lands, with thousands of children dying this season, locals and officials said.

"In about three years, when newborn goats begin to grow Pashmina, there will be a significant decline in production," Sonam Tarsing of the Al Changtong Pashmina Growers Cooperative Marketing Society told AFT news agency.

Over the course of their 3,500-kilometer (2,200-mile) border, there have been numerous encounters and quarrels between Chinese and Indian soldiers, which have never been properly identified.

The latest is centered on Tibet in the Ladakh region, and Indian officials have claimed that Chinese troops have occupied the border in recent weeks.

The allegations came in May following a military clash on the eastern side of the border near Sikkim.

'Newborn dead'
Some traditional pasture land is lost from China every year, Tusserring said.

He said winter grazing areas near Kakjung, Tum Tsele, Chumar, Dumchok and Korjok were also not elevated this year.

"The former elected official of the same name, Jurmet said," is devastating. The PLA [People's Liberation Army of China] occupied your side by meter, but this time they came within a few kilometers. "

"This is a breeding season for goats. This year, 85 percent of newborns have died because large flocks were pushed out of pasture into the cold [February]," he told AFP in the Leh area. Said on the phone. .

Shepherds said the Indian soldiers were preventing the animals from getting into sensitive areas and the Chinese army was pushing Tibetan nomadic species into their grazing areas.

About half a dozen residents of goat grazing who spoke to the AFP said they had crossed the Indus River, which was frozen for winter grazing until a few years ago, which is now occupied by China.

Meanwhile, communication with the flock - satellite phones provided by Indian authorities have been withdrawn in recent years - Jurmet said.

Important handicraft industries

A large number of casualties - tens of thousands, according to a local Indian official who spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity - could destroy the region in the coming years.

Goats produce about 50 tonnes of the finest and most expensive - feather-light cashmere fleece every year, employing thousands of people to support an important handicraft industry in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Most wool is woven in exquisite shawls, sold to the world from luxury store London's Harrods in London to Dubai Mall in the United Arab Emirates; A shawl can cost up to $ 800.

More than 1,000 families of nomadic Changpa shepherds roam the vast Changtong Plateau at an altitude of 5,000 meters (16,400 ft), feeding 300,000 Pashmina goats, black yaks and horses during the summer months.

They migrate to low-lying grazing land that flows to Tibet and Tibet during the harsh winter from December to February, with temperatures dropping to minus 50 ° C (minus 58 ° F).

Military tensions are the latest setback for shepherds who are already in decline from the effects of climate change, making winter difficult and summer dry.

Some have abandoned their long-term lifestyles so that they can travel to Ladakh cities in search of other sources of income.

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