Malur, a new cow-breeding centre

Farmers from Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala and Andhra flock here

The farmers in Malur are known for the wide variety of cows they rear: Jersey-7, Holstein, HAF, Hallblack breeds widely reared in the taluk are not available in other states.

The taluk is bereft of any permanent irrigation facility and hence farmers are dependent on borewells for irrigation.

However, with the fast depletion of ground water, one can struck water only at a depth of at least 1,000 feet. Dependence on unreliable source of water has rendered farming an unprofitable proposition.

Consequently, farmers have taken up dairy farming to meet the ends. Each family rears at least five cows. Malur also has the distinction of supplying highest quantity of milk in Kolar district.

No middlemen

The price of each breed varies from Rs 25,000 to Rs 70,000. They yield anywhere between 15 and 20 litres of milk per day. With increasing demand for milk, farmers from Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala come to doorsteps of their counterparts in Malur in search of high-yielding cow breeds.

Absence of middlemen in the business has apparently ensured more profit to the farmers. Payment is made on the spot and the cattle are being shifted by lorries.

Farmers Krishnappa and K M Narayanaswamy told Deccan Herald that the business has been yielding good income, sufficient enough to eke out their livelihood.

The farmers of this drought-prone taluk have thus found for themselves a new venture to boost their income.

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