Goshalas to protect Palamur cattle

Goshalas to protect Palamur cattle
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To stop distress sale of cattle to slaughter houses, the district administration in coordination with owners of Goshalas in the district have come forward to protect cattle during severe drought situation in this summer. Farmers in the district, who are facing hardships to protect their cattle, can now shift their cattle to Goshalas and protect them until the summer is over. 

Mahbubnagar: To stop distress sale of cattle to slaughter houses, the district administration in coordination with owners of Goshalas in the district have come forward to protect cattle during severe drought situation in this summer. Farmers in the district, who are facing hardships to protect their cattle, can now shift their cattle to Goshalas and protect them until the summer is over.

Rising temperatures, non-availability of drinking water and fodder scarcity and rising debts due to failure of agriculture in the district have increased distress sales of animals by farmers. In just a span of two months, more than 2.5 lakh cattle have been sold to slotter houses. Out of a total 15.5 lakh cattle population a few months ago, now it has fallen to 12.5 lakh, according to a senior official.

Realising the gravity of the situation of fast depleting cattle population, the district administration has taken a significant step to conduct a meeting with all the owners of ‘Goshalas’ and asked them to motivate farmers to shift their cattle to ‘Goshalas’ instead of selling them to the slaughter houses. “We have held a meeting with all the 38 Goshala owners in the district and asked them to motivate farmers to shift the cattle to the Goshalas instead of selling them to slaughter houses.

At present, four lakh cattle are being protected in all these Goshalas. If farmers come forward, we will ask the government to provide transport cost to buy fodder for the cattle in the Goshalas,” informed Ramakishan, Joint Collector. At present, the heat wave and severe drought conditions has led to shortage of fodder and water. The ground water level has fallen from a normal of 12 meters to 16 meters in just two months period.

This has led to drying of more than 75 per cent bore-wells in the district. “Out of 300 agriculture bore-wells, only 50 bore-wells are working in our village. Out of 3,000 cattle, only 100 to 150 are left now. If the situation prevails, it will be not surprising if all the cattle vanish from our village,” said Anjaneilu of Munnanoor village in Midjil mandal.

According to Mataji Nirmalananda Yoga of Bharati Sachitananda Yoga Mission, said that Goshalas in Gadwal, Hanwada in Mahbubnagar district and Sri Nandi Goshala in Ranga Reddy district are the biggest goshalas and can accommodate a large number of cattle in them. The Goshala owners and cow protection volunteers and farmers from all over the district took part in the meeting with the officials.

It is hoped that with the support of district administration and cooperation of Goshala owners, the farmers can now protect their cattle from severe drought conditions prevailing in the district.

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