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Regarding Beef Ban

Regarding Beef Ban

The recent ban on cow slaughter in Maharashtra, expanded to include both cows and bulls, has caused a commotion in several quarters. This is already affecting the leather industry from Mumbai to Chennai. I would suggest that the various governments and related public bodies in India should promote agriculture without the use of bulls. Is this possible? The answer is yes. Brazil has shown the feasibility of large-scale zero-till agriculture — done without using tractors or animal traction for ploughing — on millions of hectares of land. It can perhaps help India develop and spread this technology.

Zero-till agriculture will reduce the need for bulls, and Indian farmers can focus on the dairy from buffaloes. This will also help in boosting incomes by selling buffalo meat in India and overseas. The export of buffalo meat from India is valued at about $4 billion per year. Presently almost half of cattle are buffaloes and half are cows/bulls. If India switches from cows to buffaloes, India’s livestock sector will flourish enormously. Livestock has the potential to contribute a third of the gross domestic product in the agricultural sector.

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