Income augmentation: Cow counting on in PM constituency villages
Introduced under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) by the union ministry of human resource development (HRD), the first phase of the drive has been completed with the counting of cows and other milch cattle in five villages of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency.Updated: Aug 09, 2017 15:04 IST
A cow-counting drive is underway in Kashi villages with an aim to augment the locals’ income through appropriate technologies provided by institutions of higher education, including IITs and NITs.
Introduced under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) by the union ministry of human resource development (HRD), the first phase of the drive has been completed with the counting of cows and other milch cattle in five villages of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency.
Five more villages have been selected for the purpose, said BN Rai, professor in the department of chemical engineering, IIT-BHU.
Rai, along with two volunteers, is counting the cows in the villages. The team has completed its survey in Balipur, Khurahua, Chhitaini, Betabar and one other village.
Rai, the coordinator of UBA, told HT, “The cluster of five villages was selected for survey of milch cattle, living standard of locals, number of persons in each family, their source of livelihood etc.” The survey found these villagers rearing over 1,000 cows, Rai said.
“Locals prefer rearing cows for their milk and dung manure, which regenerates soil’s fertility and also increases its moisture retaining capacity. It cures various problems in the soil,” the professor said, adding that there is no substitute for cow dung manure as it has no side effects.
“If cow rearing is promoted in rural pockets it can help increase income of locals and also check indiscriminate migration towards cities from villages. In fact, there is serious need to create employment opportunities in rural pockets,” he added.
Even as Rai plans to promote cow rearing in rural pockets for income generation, the two volunteers are motivating locals to use cow dung manure in their fields.
“The survey has given an in-depth idea about the problems in villages. Now we will make efforts to get their problems addressed. Our team at IIT-BHU, with the help of other IITs and NITs, will try to develop technologies that can help farmers in augmenting their income,” Rai said
Interestingly, the survey team found the locals oblivious of politics over cows that made headlines in the recent past. “They are least interested in discussing politics over the issue,” Rai said.
They want the government to provide a medical van, equipped with veterinary experts, so that their cows get treatment in case of ailment, he added.
First Published: Aug 09, 2017 15:04 IST