Bengaluru: Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B. Chauhan has urged the people to have a goshala in every village to deal with the shortage of cattle fodder.
Chavan was addressing on Tuesday at the Vidhana Soudha Hall at a Cabinet sub-committee meeting to formulate a policy on the allocation of government lands in rural areas including Gomala, Gairana, Salbanni, and Soppinabetta.
Prabhu Chavan said that each village should set aside 12 hectares for cattle according to Rule 97(1) of the Karnataka Land Revenue Rules, 1966.
“Cattle, goats, sheep, cows, calves, and buffaloes resort to Gomala lands for daily grazing. Farmers and herdsmen would avoid straying without pasture to graze the cattle in the rural areas and will be given the opportunity to feed the cattle,” he said.
Due to the Gomalas’ encroachment, there is a shortage of fodder for the cattle, and the farmers are having a hard time finding it, he claimed. “Encroachers should not be allowed to continue encroaching on government lands,” he added.
Prabhu Chavan emphasised that cows should be kept aside on the outskirts of every village in rural areas so that there is not a shortage of fodder for the cattle in order to prevent a lack of fodder for cattle and their progeny stunting.
Revenue Minister R. Ashok, Law Parliamentary Affairs Minister Madhuswamy, Urban Development Minister Bairati Basavaraju, Home Minister Araga Gyanendra and other officials from various departments were present at the meeting.