Mangaluru: Lockdown adversely affects functioning of cattle shelters


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, May 4: Because of lockdown, the entire Dakshina Kannada district is facing acute fodder shortage. Without fodder, cattle are turning weaker. The cattle shelters too are faced with the need to somehow manage things with temporary, stop-gap arrangements by getting small quantities of fodder from elsewhere.

For example, entrepreneur, Prakash Shetty, who had set up a private cattle shelter at Kapila Farms near Kenjar here six years back is now selling off the cattle one by one with heavy heart as he finds it hard to provide fodder to the animals. He said that his farm houses over 200 bovine animals belonging to 13 different breeds including rare indigenous breeds like Malnad Gidda, Kasargod Gidda, Gir etc. "I need about two lac rupees to look after the cattle every month. But because of lockdown, my business has come to a standstill. Moreover, finding fodder for the cattle has become very difficult," he narrated.


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Shetty said that he now feels it better to sell the cattle instead of watching them inching towards death due to shortage of fodder. He added that so far he has sold 15 animals.

Similar is the situation at Govanithashraya Trust's cattle shelter at Kairangala. This facility too faces acute fodder shortage and it is finding hard to get fodder from other districts. Trust's secretary, Dr P Ananthakrishna Bhat, informed that the shelter has 360 cattle and that monthly expenses including fodder, treatment of cattle and salary to staff works out to about eight lac rupees per month. "Now-a-days, we are not getting donations. Locally fodder is not available," he rued.

He said that because of lack of agricultural activities in Dakshina Kannada districts, dependency on neighbouring districts for fodder has become a must, and that getting fodder is facing problems due to lockdown.

People who feed themselves by taking decorated bullocks from door to door and collecting whatever the families offer to them also are facing hardships as they are hit hard by fodder shortage. Kondanna, one such person, who earns a living by accompanying the bullock, explained that fodder shortage coupled with hot weather has been rendering the life tiresome for the animals and his dependency on the animals for a living is in serious peril.

Deputy director in the animal husbandry department Dr Jayaraj, said that Dakshina Kannada district is facing shortage of fodder and that the issue has been brought to the notice of the district deputy commissioner. He said that arrangements would be made soon to get fodder from other districts.

 

 

  

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  • Ramakrishna Shenoy, Mangalore

    Tue, May 5 2020

    Kindly inform how I can help. My contact no. 9341986720

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Mon, May 4 2020

    Shetty sold 15 cattle these days. To whom? Does he need permission to sell? Has anyone forced him to spend 2 lakhs rupees a month to feed the cattle?
    Over zealous half-baked political crooks won't have any solution except ask the government to spend crores of rupees to feed the dying cattle.
    Meanwhile, intermediaries will make some quick bugs.

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  • KV Kamath, Mangalore

    Mon, May 4 2020

    Amar Nathal,
    Are your aged Parents with you?

    It is Mr. Shetty's wish to spend 2 lakhs a month for cows. He did not come to you or someone else all these days for money . Today a situation has come , fodder cannot be moved to his place from neighboring Districts due to Lock-in period. He cannot see cows starving at his farm. So he is selling it. But not for money. He has sought help of Animal Husbandry Dept and the Minister. There is no fault on his part in it. Some kindhearted farmers may come forward to sell or provide fodder or buy these cows.

    There is no need to sell these cows for meat. Hope he will get the help from the District Administration.

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  • smr, Karkala

    Mon, May 4 2020

    KV Kamath, Mangalore

    Sir, Do these cow shelter operate under citizens taxes, are open to audit? How all the slaughter houses in the country majority of them owned by Hindu community related to the BJP party gets its supply and cater to the export market worth $5 billion?

    Jai Hind

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  • KV Kamath, Mangalore

    Tue, May 5 2020

    smr, Karkala

    Mr.Shetty did not draw money from Citizen's taxes or Govt. Coffers till date . But there are many who went for Haj from the money of Govt Coffers and Citizen's taxes.

    You can directly publish the video whoever is owning slaughter house irrespective of political parties and exporting meat abroad? Let the public know the truth.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Tue, May 5 2020

    We love aged parents to live in our home not in COW shed. do not export them .

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  • KV Kamath, Mangalore

    Tue, May 5 2020

    Rolf, Dubai

    Our cows were brought up at my home. Now we have no leisure to graze our cows . So we have come out from cow care.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 4 2020

    Kota Srinivas Poojary will never backtrack on his Promises ...

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  • praveen, mlore

    Mon, May 4 2020

    dear dont worry...Beef Export is not banned by Modi Govt...So u keep some hope..

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  • KV Kamath, Mangalore

    Mon, May 4 2020

    Please don't sell cattle. Try hydroponics at your place near cowshed. or a simple water micro showerwith many plastic trays. Soak Jowar/Bajra/wheat/ maize for a day and spread a wet cotton cloth or wet jute sack for a day or so. Sprouts come from these seeds. Transfer it to Plastic trays with Saw dust under a polythene roof. Water is showered through micro holes on these sprouts. It begins to grow. Every day few trays are prepared. The sprouts become plants in a week which on regular watering grows in 45 days ready for cattle. Milk yield improves. But work in farm increases and labor is not available to carry on. But for the time being to bail out the situation, try this method. I will post few youtube links if you want or can get in youtube too.

    /https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCC9ndZay-0

    I agree the time is really trying. Hard to move forward.

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  • ca girishkk, M'lore/DXB

    Mon, May 4 2020

    @ Ratan's..,
    You choose the word, "animal", to gau Matha..., shame on you...,

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  • Ahmed K. C., Mangalore

    Mon, May 4 2020

    Gauraksha dal, BD, VHP must support Mr. Shetty in this venture.

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  • Concerned citizen, mangaluru

    Mon, May 4 2020

    gourakshak dal not interested raise voice in bjp ruled states.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Mon, May 4 2020

    Those who rear cows for commercial purpose, do grow a certain grass that looks like corn. If it is watered well and the manure produced by the cows is put to these plants, it becomes a food chain. Why didn't these shelters grow that grass ?

    With every inch of land covered for humans to live, hardly any vacant land is left for the animals to graze. Agricultural activities too have become mechanical hence the hay is not available.

    Please don't starve the animals. It looks very pitiful.

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  • Hemraj Salian, Mangalore

    Mon, May 4 2020

    Please share the contact of Mr. Shetty so that we can help him during his trying times.

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  • Sandeep, Mangalore

    Tue, May 5 2020

    Mr. Prakash Shetty contact no : 9739666999.

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  • ca girishkk, M'lore/DXB

    Mon, May 4 2020

    @ Deshbhakta...,

    Appreciate your valid concerns...,
    It's even more sorry to see that- self confessed chaiwala cum chowkidara cum pakodanomists is silent,

    After all - once a sevak always a sevak.., once a cheddi always a cheddi...,
    May be waiting for order from exporters

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  • Prem Prasad, Bangalore

    Mon, May 4 2020

    Should the Indian Government scrap cow slaughter law.
    If Yes, Press Agree.
    If No, Press Disagree.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Mon, May 4 2020

    First, explain what is cow slaughter law and where it is applicable

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, May 4 2020

    here human migrants shelter has a problem but da fundoos have problems with cow-gau shelters. no money 4 human shelters. forget cow shelters.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Mon, May 4 2020

    David pais
    Priority differs. If you look after animals in difficult time they show gratitude towards the person. Where as human being forgets the help and tries to cheat the person who helped

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, May 4 2020

    do u mean 2 say dis is what da chaiwala did 2 bhaktas & non-bhaktas?????????

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