In Barmer, farmers pawn jewellery to feed their farm animals

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Hajeeb Ali, 70, needed to loan his spouse’s jewelry to feed fodder to his loved farm animals in Bangsar, an ultimate village in Barmer Lok Sabha constituency alongside the international border with Pakistan. Ali isn’t on my own in his village, a Muslim-ruled location.
There are many in Bandar who’re going through acute problems for the long term to set up fodder in Barmer, which has no pasture land for cattle.
‘Govt forget about’
Shortage of fodder is a primary ballot difficulty inside the Thar district Lok Sabha constituency. Ali says in each election, applicants of political parties come to the village to search for votes, however, after prevailing polls, they never return.
A drought is a horrific time for farm animals as their source of food dries up, even though they’re deserted and allowed to roam freely by farmers.
In Bandar and a hundred and fifty villages close by, small and big – which include Munabav, Ramsar, Bhigusi, Gagaria, Bhajpar, Derasar and Bikusar, while there’s no rain, farmers must look for other things, along with working under MGNREGA and going to Ahmedabad, around 500 km from Bandar, in search of paintings to feed each own family and cattle.
Ali has 28 cows and calves. But, he said, he and his wife, who take into consideration them as part of their circle of relatives, fear each two-3 days as to a way to set up fodder as opposed to feeding their children as an arrangement in their meals value them lots less than what cattle consume.
Fallow lands
He says he has round a hundred acre land in Bandipur, but it’s miles mendacity fallow as he can not use it because of the drought-scenario.
“I had to mortgage 170 grams of gold jewelry of my spouse to arrange money for fodder for my cattle. I and my wife take into account livestock like our family. Our farm animals are the whole lot to us. The authorities ought to find an everlasting method to this trouble present throughout the Thar desolate tract place,” Ali stated.
When there may be rain, pasture land is effortless to be had for farm animals, Subha Momin, any other villager, stated.
Ramesh Chand, a former sarpanch of the nearby border village of Gatra, stated the Rajasthan authorities used to run fodder camps where cattle meals were available at subsidized fees for farmers, however for the final 3 years, no such camp has been organized.
Chand also stated that farmers having not extra than 12 acres of land would only be blanketed by way of the scheme, and because of this, most farmers, who’ve barren region land starting from 40 to one hundred acres, are deprived of State-run programmes.
There are around three hundred small and big villages in Barmer Lok Sabha constituency, falling within a 50-70 -km radius from the international border.


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