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Mathura soon to be declared as ‘Goshala Kshetra’ to protect cows

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Divisional Commissioner of Agra, Pradip Bhatnagar, in an initiative to protect cows and to promote organic farming, has decided to declare Mathura a ‘Goshala Kshetra’ (cow- shelter region). He told Press Trust of India (PTI) that this is an effort to encourage farmers to make optimum use of the cow dung and reduce the use of chemical fertilizers for farming.

Bhatnagar told the news agency, “We will shortly have training workshops to educate farmers on how to switch over to organic farming. Mathura district has thousands of cows and tonnes of precious resource as gobar (cow dung) is not being put to advantageous use.”

“At a later stage we can ban use of chemical ffertilizers in the district. In Agra, we have already banned burning of cow dung cakes,” he said, while adding, “Mathura would be first such district in Uttar Pradesh to be recognized as ‘cow protected zone.’”

Andra Vamsi, Chief Development Officer of Mathura said, “Plans are being worked out to promote goshalas to run on scientific lines as cows have importance in our agrarian economy and among people of Mathura and Vrindavan.”

He added, “Cow economics has been a favorite subject of discussion in the Braj area of Sri Krishna-Radha.”

“We have around 32,000 cows right now. The daily output of cow dung is 150 tonnes. We have a gobar plant to produce gas and electricity. Soon we will be selling gobar slurry to farmers to promote organic farming”, said Braj Sharan, in-charge of the Goshala at Barsana.

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Public Safety Threatened As Stray Cattle Takes To The Street in Agra

District authorities in Agra, Mathura and Aligarh have had a series of meetings to resolve this problem.

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Cows, Pixabay

Bulls and cows are a growing nuisance and pose a threat to public safety in several districts of Agra.

From bulls going on the rampage and attacking humans, to stray cattle entering fields and destroying crops to the fear of cow vigilantes after the ban on cow slaughter, the stray cattle menace is leading to resentment among all.

On Friday, a 22-year-old motorcycle rider was killed after being hit by a bull on Fatehabad road.

In Etmadpur and other areas, farmers locked cows and bulls in schools and government health centres as the animals routinely enter farmlands and destroy standing crops.

Above all, tension prevails in the neighbouring Iglas town of Aligarh after a dozen cows were found buried alive in a dry canal.

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Police sent to villages to drive away the cattle. Pixabay

Cow vigilantes have demanded firm action but so far no arrests have been made.

“Our labour and resources are all going waste because of hundreds of cows entering our fields and destroying our crops,” complained Ram Bharosey, a villager in Farah block in Mathura.

In the past one week, there have been half a dozen incidents of desperate and frustrated farmers locking stray cattle in government schools.

“Children have had to miss classes as there is no space and there are only cows in the school complex,” said Anek Singh, a farmer.

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Indian cow. Pixabay

Police sent to villages to drive away the cattle have had to face the ire of the locals who want the Yogi government to urgently open gaushalas (cow shelters).

“The bovine population has suddenly multiplied. Groups of villagers with lathis in hand have to patrol villages to drive cows away. If you do not keep vigil, the crops would be gone in a few hours,” Subhash, a village level worker, said.

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District authorities in Agra, Mathura and Aligarh have had a series of meetings to resolve this problem. Gram panchayats have been asked to earmark pasture land and provide support to gaushalas.

“In this extremely cold weather, villagers are forced to spend the whole night in the fields to keep the animals away,” said a farmer. (IANS)