Gandhinagar, 3 February 2021
On September 8, 2020, Nathalal Sukhadia wrote a letter to the Amreli Collector demanding action in front of the Nile Cows. He said in the letter that 15 percent loss in agriculture is due to indigo cows. In Gujarat, the number increased from 80,000 in 2010 to 186,770 in 2015 and an estimated 3 lakh in 2020. In 2025, it will be 6 lakhs.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was requested to tie a bell to the neck of the Blue cows. When asked about this under the Information Act, the Range Forest Officer replied that tying a bell around a neem cow was a matter of government policy.
Blue cows have a flock of 10–15. If one of them had an hour tied to his neck, his voice would tell the farmers at night that a blue cow had arrived in his field. So we can push it to another farm to eat.
Out of 55 lakh farming families in Gujarat, one member of 25 lakh families has to go to the farm and spend the night. The government has started providing electricity during the day. But 2.5 million farmers have to go to the night farm and watch for blue cows. If a farmer from Gujarat does not live in the field, he cleans the field.
If there is a dog in the city, you can sterilize it. Raised the blue cow in this way. Only then will the population come to the Andes.
The farmers are demanding that the Blue cows be released to a certain place in the forest to hunt lions and panthers.
15 percent loss
Out of 55 lakh farmers, blue cows causes up to 15 percent damage on 25 lakh farmers’ fields. 95 lakh hectares of land is cultivated. The average loss of two crops per year is Rs 30,000 per hectare. Thus, there is a loss of crores of rupees every day. If there is a production of 10 thousand in one bid, then there is a loss of 1500.
Blue cows instead of M.S.P.
The Gujarat government buys agricultural produce from 7% of the farmers. It does not matter whether Neil allocates money to erase the cow to shut down.
Fence around the forest
The construction of a Kutch-like fence along the Pakistan border on the edge of the forest can be very beneficial. Hence farmers have to patrol at night. This can save money. The animal lives only in the forest or in the barren area. Where leopard, lions can hunt it.
The cost of wire fence is 50 thousand of 1 thousand feet of wire. If the forest department works, it can spend only 1 percent.
Trouble due to lion
As soon as a lion comes out of the forest of Gir, it is declared a big Gir. That’s why the terror of the blue cow has increased. The forest department hires trackers, but they do not work for lions.
Public interest litigation
The government has filed a PIL in the Gujarat High Court seeking compensation for the losses suffered by pigs, blue cows and forest animals. The government did not respond to the PIL filed by Gobar Savalia in 2014. Farmers demand that the government should not harm wildlife. Therefore, the government should compensate up to 15 percent of the total crop as wildlife. Pigs also suffer 10 percent damage. These animals are attacking the farmers.
In 2018, 33,000 farmers were given Rs 28.62 crore for 26,300 hectares of land for fencing of barbed wire around the farm to protect their crops from losses from pigs and blue cows. Which is Rs 10882 per hectare. Government assistance is only 25 percent. The second cost is borne by the farmers, thus the total cost to the farmer is about 40 thousand per hectare.
The decision to leave the blue cow in the forest
The state government had earlier decided to leave the Blue cows in the forest. Despite being a good decision, it was opposed by Congress MLA Harshad Ribadia for political reasons. If the indigo cow is released into the forest, the lion will get enough food.
Even before 2016, the Gujarat government has given permission to kill blue cows. As a result, slaughter of native cows was less in the state. Non-vegetarians started eating blue cows beef. But then the government started taking action against them and now no farmer is willing to hunt it. 3 thousand sarpanches have been licensed to kill blue cows. The government has given permission to kill Blue cows under Jungle Section-11. Its meat is sold for Rs 200 to Rs 300 per kg. But the sarpanch cannot kill them. Farmers now invite hunters. Yet the terror of the blue cows does not diminish. Torture can be reduced if allowed to sell indigo meat. Currently there is a 15 per cent loss. When the population reaches 6 lakhs after 5 years, the loss will be 30 per cent.