Govt employee fetches fodder grass for dairy farmers troubled by Covid restrictions
Muttam (Idukki): A livestock inspector in the veterinary hospital here has been devoting his leisure time to help the dairy farmers in the area who find it difficult to fetch fodder grass for their cows due to Covid-related restrictions. After his official duty hours until 3 pm, Shinu Kumar will cut the grass, tie them into bundles and distribute it to the farmers. Along with grass, cattle feed is also supplied to those farmers who need it.
The noble activity has come as a relief for the farmers who are staying in containment zones. This in turn ensures that no cow in the region is left unfed. Interestingly, Shinu Kumar has now become a friend of dairy farmers and many are calling up to seek his help. Even family members of farmers who are affected by Covid-19 call him if they have any issues to arrange cattle fodder. Shinu is also happy to help them in his capacity.
Shinu took up the initiative when PCP colony in the region was placed under lockdown. The cattle farmers were affected with the curbs and Shinu found out that they need help for arranging fodder grass. Thus he himself approached the farmers and offered them a helping hand. On knowing about Shinu's efforts, some have extended a support to his venture.
“Sebi Mathew, a person in the locality allowed me to cut as much fodder grass as required. So arranging grass is easy,” he said. Similarly, the cattle feed has been sourced from Pazhayamattam Dairy Farmers Society. Transportation for supplying the grass and fodder was the next issue. At first, Shinu used to hire auto rickshaw. However, an auto rickshaw was arranged by the panchayat authorities due to the intervention of Arun Cheriyan, a member of panchayat.