Farmers in the district are being forced to abandon their cattle in cattle sheds that are run by NGOs as they face a shortage of cattle feed from the last few years as heavy and scanty rains have damanged their crop.
The farmers are not very keen on selling their cattle in the beef market and also are not in a position to purchase the feed, especially in summers.
Gopal Krishna Goshala, an NGO seven kms away from the district headquarters near Rampur villages, spread on an eight-acre area, serves as a home to over 500 cattle. These cattle are gathered not only from farmers but also from the roadside. The NGO spends as much as `1.5 lakh per month for the welfare of the cattle.
Incharge of the cattle shed J Ashok said that most of the farmers leave behind their cattle in summers as they cannot afford to purchase feed for them.
In the eight acres, we cultivate cattle feed in four acres and cattle products like milk, urine and dung are sold in the market to generate revenue which is useful for the workers, Ashok said.