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Joint opposition to notification planned

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and other Dalit outfits in the district have received support from Muslim organisations, including SDPI, in their fight against Union Government's notification on regulation of cattle sale.

These organisations have been conducting a series of protests demanding withdrawal of the notification, citing the virtual halt in cattle sale at the weekly shandies from where beef traders purchase the animals.

At Modachur, Kanagapuram, Perundurai, Seenapuram, Sivagiri, Melampadi, Sanisandai, Kavindapadi, Sathyamangalam, Siruvalur and Puduchandai, where sale of cattle mainly for meat production takes place, there was no trade. While cattle arrival was only in single digits, there were literally no buyers, according to Animal Husbandry Department sources.

Even at Karunkalpalayam, Anthiyur and Puliampatti shandies where the trade in milch cows is predominant, the transactions had petered to just one-tenth of the usual level, due to the impact of the notification, according to a trader.

While the price of male calves that are mainly culled for meat has gone up by over 20 %, exceeding ₹ 5000, the meat continues to be sold for ₹ 240 a kg, resulting in loss for the sellers, lamented Abu Uraira, Secretary of Erode Beef Sellers’ Association.

There was a likelihood for the price of beef, considered for long as an affordable source of protein for the poor, to go up to ₹ 300 a kg in the coming days, he said.

Meanwhile, farmers hoped that the overwhelming political opposition to the notification would lead to its eventual withdrawal by the Centre.

The DMK, Congress, IUML, CPI, CPI (M), VCK, and Muslim organisations have planned to conduct a massive protest in Erode on Wednesday espousing the cause of farmers who are afraid to take their cattle to the shandies due to the fear of repercussions.

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