The bank will benefit economically weaker Goshalas which will now be able to procure fodder at reasonable rates throughout the year.
UP’s first cattle fodder bank set up in Mathura
2020-05-19 (VT): A long-standing demand of Braj’s Gosevaks just got fulfilled with the
setting up of Uttar Pradesh’s first fodder bank for destitute cattle in Raal
village of Mathura district. The project was steered by CM Yogi Adityanath and
BTVP’s Shri Shailja Kant Misra. 10000 quintals of fodder has been accumulated
so far in the bank, thanks to the contribution of Gobhakts.
The facility has come
up at Brahmrishi Devraha Baba’s ‘nirashrit
gau ashray sthal’ (homeless cattle Goshala).
The Uttar Pradesh
government has been working on resettling of homeless cattle in the state ever
since the ban on illegal cow slaughter led to an explosion in their numbers due
to farmers and people abandoning them after they became unproductive. This
includes providing shelter, food and medical care facilities for them.
The bank will benefit economically
weaker Goshalas which will now be able to procure fodder at reasonable rates
throughout the year. A committee headed by chief veterinary medical officer has
been created to identify Goshalas falling in this category. While fodder is
available at cheap rates following the wheat harvest, the main problem starts
after December when the price gets doubled.
The BTVP and Ujjwal
Braj were instrumental in the setting up of this fodder bank. Some of the
notable contributors to it include Guru Sharananand Ashram, Vijay Kaushal ji
Maharaj, GLA University, and KD Medical College. Along with other Gobhakts the contribution of Rs. 5 lakh
was used to procure 10000 quintals of fodder.