Cen­tre’s moo shakes up cat­tle mar­kets

Weekly cat­tle sales in Te­lan­gana dur­ing the off sea­son have dropped from 500 to 300

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY - KAMALAPATHI RAO H.

The gazette no­ti­fi­ca­tion is­sued last week by the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (Reg­u­la­tion of Live­stock Mar­kets) Rules - 2017 has had an im­pact on the cat­tle mar­kets. While the rules say the aim is to ‘pro­tect the an­i­mals from cru­elty’ and not to ‘reg­u­late the ex­ist­ing trade in cat­tle for slaugh­ter houses’, the ef­fect, of course, is just the op­po­site.

The Kon­damadugu cat­tle mar­ket, one of the biggest weekly cat­tle-fairs on the out­skirts of the city, had sales of at least 500 cat­tle per week dur­ing the off sea­son. But fol­low­ing the gazette no­ti­fi­ca­tion, and news re­ports in the me­dia, sales on Tues­day fell to 300.

Sa­mala Laxma Reddy, an as­so­ciate of the mar­ket con­trac­tor S. Ganesh Reddy, said that 50 per cent of cat­tle sold at the mar­ket were meant for slaugh­ter and the other 50 per cent were used for agri­cul­tural pur­poses.

“The weekly cat­tle mar­ket has ex­isted for decades. It used to ob­serve sales of at least 1,500 cat­tle per week dur­ing the sea­son and 1,000 dur­ing off sea­son. Now, the sales have come down to 500 dur­ing off sea­son and 750 dur­ing the sea­son, which is from July to De­cem­ber,” he said.

Mr Reddy said that on Tues­day, slaugh­ter­ers did not visit the mar­ket due to the re­cent gazette no­ti­fi­ca­tion by the central govern­ment which stip­u­lates pris­tine con­di­tions for the wel­fare of cat­tle. “They made calls to us and en­quired about the sales. When we asked the ve­teri­nary of­fi­cials, they in­formed us that im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new rules may take three months. That will be peak time for sales and we shall lose our busi­ness. This time the value of the ten­der was `52 lakh and we may lose it if the new rules come into ex­is­tence,” he said.

Farm­ers from sur­round­ing vil­lages and man­dals such as My­laram, Bom­mala Ra­ma­ram, Chikati Mamidi, Gat­tugu­dem, Malyala, Modem­pally, Medi­pally, and Fakkir­guda etc bring their cat­tle to Kon­damadugu mar­ket.

Farm­ers from var­i­ous parts of Nal­go­nda, Yadadri, Suryapet, Mah­bub­na­gar, Gad­wal and Ran­gareddy pur­chase the cat­tle. Buyers from the twin cities also buy cat­tle from this mar­ket.

Nakkirthi Hari Babu, a farmer from Jana­pally vil­lage, said that oxen, bulls and buf­faloes were sold for be­tween `5,000 and `20,000 per an­i­mal based on the weight of the an­i­mal. “The price of milk giv­ing cat­tle is be­tween `50,000 and `1.5 lakh each. Cows are rare in this mar­ket, Mr Reddy said.

Fol­low­ing the sit­u­a­tion at the Kon­damadugu mar­ket, farm­ers and or­gan­is­ers of other cat­tle mar­kets like Ram­man­napet, Yadadri and Narsingi near Gandipet are ex­press­ing con­cern over the im­pact on their mar­kets. Narsingi mar­ket is held ev­ery Friday. The Draft Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (Reg­u­la­tion of Live­stock Mar­kets) Rules, 2017 was no­ti­fied on Jan­uary 16, 2017 invit­ing ob­jec­tions and sug­ges­tions. The rules were fi­nally no­ti­fied on May 23, 2017.

DC

A worker strug­gles to load an ox onto a ve­hi­cle. The an­i­mals bought from the cat­tle mar­ket in Kon­damadugu are be­ing taken to var­i­ous slaugh­ter­houses in the city.

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