Buffalo farming becomes popular as it needs zero preparation
Panoor (Kannur): After finding buffalo farming a profitable business, many farmers are attracted to this industry in village areas. Buffaloes do not need any facilities or preparations like poultry, goat or dairy farms. Buffaloes can be raised without cattle sheds and expensive arrangements. During the lockdown, many people started rearing buffaloes.
Puthoor native Pushpan started rearing seven buffaloes 10 months ago. He started with poultry farming and built a cage that has 15 metre length and 10 metre width. He had 150 hatchlings in the beginning. Later, the numbers reduced gradually due to diseases. With this, Pushpan switched to buffalo rearing.
Buffalo calves aged 6-7 months were bought from Brahmagiri in Wayanad. They are allowed to graze in the nearby meadows. Heated bran mixed with tamarind seed powder also is used to feed the buffaloes. They can be sold after one and a half years. High price can be earned during festival seasons.
As buffaloes are brought from other states in huge numbers, price has decreased, Pushpan said. However, there are complaints that the government does not provide any assistance for buffalo farming. There are many farmers who raise buffaloes in Panoor municipality and nearby panchayats.