Farmers, cattle find refuge on bridge to escape from inundated farm
Padiyur: Having found no means to stay put on the one-acre farm that was inundated in the heavy rains, a farm owner and his cattle found a safe place on the Kothara bridge. The cattle farm is owned by George Antony, a native of Kothara.
George’s farm is situated on the bund road near Kothara bridge at Padiyur that connects Kattoor and Padiyur panchayats. As the rainwater submerged his farm on Saturday, he along with his 12 cows, 6 calves and 10 buffalos left the farm and took shelter on Kothara bridge. His helper in the farm who milks the cows and his brothers also followed him to the bridge. George, his brother Boban, relative Francis and helper Guruswamy were staying in a room adjoining the farm.
Now, feeding and milking of cows are done on the bridge. George bought the one-acre land and began farming 10 months ago. Heavy rains destroyed the hay and fodder stored for the cattle. The cattle is now fed with hay stored on the roof of a house in the neighbourhood. Fodder is brought from Irinjalakkuda. However, due to the bad weather and scanty food, the amount of milk yielded by the cows are low, George said.
The farm is still under water. As this road is waterlogged, vehicle movement on Kattoor - Padiyur route is disrupted. As the cattle are tied to one side of the bride, it doesn’t hamper traffic on the bridge.