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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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Yogi Adityanath Government in Uttar Pradesh Offering Cows for Adoption

The state government will pay a sum of Rs 30 per day to the person who adopts a cow for maintenance

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Yogi Adityanath, Government, Uttar Pradesh
This is being done to check the growing problem of stray cows. Pixabay

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is now offering cows for adoption. This is being done to check the growing problem of stray cows.

The state government will pay a sum of Rs 30 per day to the person who adopts a cow for maintenance. People living in semi-urban and rural areas can adopt up to four stray cows, bulls and calves.

The scheme called the ‘Nirashrit/Besahara Govansh Sahbhagita Yojana’ was introduced on August 8 for management of stray cattle, but the execution order was issued on September 9.

The response has been overwhelming with the Lucknow administration having received 1,500 applications by Wednesday evening.

Yogi Adityanath, Government, Uttar Pradesh
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is now offering cows for adoption. Pixabay

Chief veterinary officer Tej Singh Yadav said, “We have received 1,500 adoption applications, mostly from farmers and landless daily wage earners. The scheme will add to their income and will help control stray cattle, responsible for damaging crops in villages and causing accidents in city.”

Of the 24,940 animals caught so far in Lucknow district, 9,079 have been ear-tagged and are available for adoption.

Over 4,400 are available with Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC), followed by 895 in Mohanlalganj, 833 in Maal and 789 in Malihabad blocks in the state.

According to LMC director (animal welfare) Arvind Rao, “The process of verification is underway and we will hand over the animals to deserving applicants in 15 days.”

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The state veterinary department will also conduct regular inspection of foster homes. “If an animal is sick, the owner will have to inform the department, which will arrange for free treatment. However, in case of death, a postmortem will be done to ascertain the cause and action will be taken if there is a foul play,” he explained.

Officials denied that Rs 30 per day was insufficient to feed a cow and said that non-crop fields on the outskirts of the city would allow foster homes to easily feed the adopted animal. The money can be saved. It will be an additional source of income for the poor families, they said.

The animals are being ear-tagged for easy identification if abandoned after adoption. “(IANS)