Dairy farmers dump 200 litres of milk as COVID hits milk sale in Brahmapuram
Kottayam: The dairy farmers at Brahmamangalam in Chempu panchayat are having a tough time due to the COVID-19 crisis. The farmers who are placed under quarantine in containment zones are forced to dump milk of their cows as the sale is not possible.
Wards 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 in Chempu panchayat and 13, 14 wards in nearest Vellur panchayat are identified as containment zones of COVID-19. 21 people tested COVID positive and 200 were placed under quarantine here.
On Thursday, 6 farmers dumped 200 litres of milk as they were unable to reach the customers due to the pandemic. Among the farmers, one has been rearing 22 cows on his farm. After being placed in quarantine, the farmers are unable to collect feed to the cows.
In the initial days of COVID-19 outbreak, the government supplied cattle feed free to the cows of quarantined dairy farmers. But now, neither the government nor the animal husbandry department is providing any help to the farmers.
Most of these farmers bought cows after borrowing money from financial enterprises by taking a bank loan. The dairy farmers also complained that they are unable to look after their cows as all family members are quarantined. Hence, they demanded that the government should make arrangements to ensure the welfare of their cows.
“Government should take action to protect cows and provide free cattle feed,” demanded Santhosh Thennappallil, president of Brahmapuram dairy farmers cooperative society.