HYDERABAD: Members of Telangana Rythu Sangham said that the Central government move to restrict sale of ageing cattle will add to the financial burden on farmers, and termed the move as an attempt to divert attention from other issues that are plaguing farmers. Vice president of the Sangham, Aribandi Prasad Rao questioned whether the government would buy all the unfit cattle from them now?
“If the government refuses to purchase them, it is additional burden on farmers. Once animals become unproductive, the farmers are forced to maintain them by feeding them everyday. They will lose income which they used to get earlier (by selling the cattle),” Rao said.
The Sangham organised a press meet on Saturday to explain the effects of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Rules, 2017. Rao contended that when policy of government is to double the income of farmers - with animal husbandry as one of the component - when income raised from animals reduces, how will it lead to doubling of farmers’ income.
T Sagar from the Sangham said that over 50 pc of the country’s population depends on agriculture and farmers are not in a situation to take burden. Detailing out how the move will affect farmers, Telangana State president of Kula Vipaksha Porata Samithi, K Bhaskar said that if five out of 10 milk giving cows become unproductive, it is a burden to take care of the five cows.
“Additionally, a person will be employed to take care of cows. A farmer has to pay him to take care of unproductive cows too. When it is a problem to earn food for parents, how can they manage unproductive cattle?” he asked.