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MP moots dung- coated urea to curb slaughter.

MANY in the ruling party feel that mere laws against illegal trade in cattle that leads them to slaughterhouses cannot stop them from going under the knife. Kisan Morcha ( the farmers' body of the BJP) chief has come up with a novel proposal to stop cattle culling: make cattle dung a profitable source of income for farmers.

In the context of the recent hue and cry over the Centre virtually banning unregulated cattle trade in markets as it came up with strict rules concerning sale of livestock in animal fairs and local ' haats' that dot the rural terrain of India, peasant leader and MP from UP's Bhadohi, famous for its carpets, Birendra Singh ' Mast' has proposed that the Centre make use of dung- coated urea after the phenomenal success of neem- coated urea to incentivise cattle dung.

The proposal has found significant support in the ruling quarters as it presents a way to create " social deterrence and economic logic against cow slaughter". " Only laws will not be able to stop cow slaughter. If we make manure out of dung, such as dung- coated urea, this will provide the farmer with his own fertilizer without him paying for it. Secondly, his produce becomes organic, which he can market at a way higher price that what his usual produce fetches him," said Singh.

To cater to the latter part of the argument -- giving farmers access and avenue to sell organic products -- the peasant leader has proposed that certification with the ' organic' label be made available at the local level of the Krishi Vigyan Kendras ( KVKs) at the block level.

" The biggest problem so far is even if the farmer produced organic products, he doesn't know where he can go for certification or to sell it.

We have proposed that certification be given at the local block level as the block is where the administration comes in contact with the farmer," he said.

" Secondly, the government can tie up with local khadi stores, which can then sell the products like other organic products," the Kisan Morcha chief added.

This creates a complete economic cycle, Singh said, adding, " Farmer produces organic and earns more.

He produces organic by means of dung so he needs his cattle even if they become apparently useless when they grow old or no more remain milch- worthy." " As he needs them, he doesn't sell them away to slaughterhouses.

This bridges the current economic logic that after they cannot be milked, the cattle become an economic burden on the farmer," the farmers' leader further said.

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Date:May 30, 2017
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