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Luxmi bidden adieu!

india Updated: Aug 12, 2013 12:10 IST
Sat Singh

Kapoor Singh Bhar, the proud owner of Luxmi Rani — Murrah buffalo he had sold for Rs 25 lakh to an Andhra Pradesh farmer recently — organised a feast to see off his pricey pet here on Sunday.

Decorated in silver jewellery worth Rs 25,000 purchased by her owner, Luxmi bid adieu to nearly 1,500 people who had come to see her.

Officials of the animal husbandry department also came to attend the function and called upon villagers to rear Murrah buffaloes the way Bhar did.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Bhar said: “Ours is a joint family and we have 10 cattle, including Luxmi.”

On being asked about what he does with 28-litre milk produced daily by Luxmi, he said: “Our 20-member family comprises three brothers, their wives and children. All milk is consumed by members of the family as selling it is against our tradition.”

Farmers, who had come from Punjab, Rajasthan and various parts of Haryana, were impressed with the love Bhar’s family had for buffaloes. Shelves of Bhar’s house were festooned with the photos of his grandparents, god and buffaloes.

On what he would do with Rs 25 lakh he got after selling Luxmi, he said: “I will spend most of the money to purchase high-breed animals and rest would be spent on the marriage of my elder daughter.”

The farmer who had bought Luxmi, Rajiv Sarpanch from Hanumangarh junction of Andhra Pradesh, refrained from talking to the media despite being present at the village, but brokers who fixed the deal attended the function.

An engineer reared Luxmi

Anand Bhar, elder son of Kapoor Singh Bhar, had been entrusted the responsibility to rear Luxmi. A mechanical engineer from Vaish College of Engineering in Rohtak, Anand said: “We never used to tie Luxmi like other milch animals. She has always been allowed to roam freely on our vacant plot after her daily diet.”

He said: “We spend Rs 7,000 to Rs 9,000 to feed Luxmi every month.”

Singhwa Khas village, which has been spotted as the Murrah breed village, has 10 more buffaloes which yield more than 20-litre milk.

A buffalo of Jaswant Singh, a local villager, had yielded more milk than Luxmi in Muktsar cattle fair a year ago and stood first, pushing Luxmi to the third position.

However, Luxmi stood first in a beauty contest in the same fair in Punjab.

Gurgaon Congress MP Rao Inderjit Singh has purchased a buffalo, which yielded more than 22-litre milk, from this village a week ago.

Ashwani Kumar, who brokered the deal for the MP, said: “The MP was looking for a top-quality buffalo and his search ended in our village.”

Luxmi to reach AP in 10 days

One of the brokers who had struck the Rs 25-lakh deal, said: “Rajiv Sarpanch, Luxmi’s new owner, will take five buffaloes, including Luxmi, in a canter half loaded with sand.”

The transportation would cost him around Rs 65,000. The buffaloes would be transported during the day time and it will take the canter 10 days to reach Andhra Pradesh.

The broker said: “Rajiv Sarpanch had especially come to the village by air and would return once the buffaloes are departed from here on Monday.”