QAZIGUND: The controversy over beef ban law in the state and the violence unleashed by Hindu rightwing groups over cow slaughter in various parts of India has hit the import of high-yielding cows from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
Traders who deal in import of these cows say that transporters are reluctant to carry the animals because of the harassment by rightwing Hindu groups, even though the trade is regulated by the government and involves proper documentation.
After a cow is received at the Lakhanpur toll post in Kathua district, it is tagged and then its transportation is regulated by the district administration, police and animal husbandry officials.
Abdul Rashid, an importer from South Kashmir, told Kashmir Reader that the fatal attack on a Kashmiri trucker in Udhampur has nearly killed the business.
“You can show papers and all to policemen but Hindu activists don’t give a damn and harass us,” he said, adding the sellers too are worried.
Another dealer, Gulzar Ahmad, who operates from Pandach in Srinagar outskirts, told Kashmir Reader that Hindu activists often tell traders that documents are an excuse to transport cows for slaughter.
“They don’t understand that a cow costing Rs 50,000 will not fetch even half its cost if killed for meat,” he said.
The losses run in crores, with the price of high-yielding cows ranging between Rs 35,000 and Rs 1 lakh and above.
Rashid and Gulzar say that the Valley has made a big leap in milk production only because of high yielding breeds like Holstein-Friesian.