Cattle farmers in Tekcham area of Thoubal district which produces large quantity of mile using Jersey bread face difficult time as suppliers and milk men had stopped coming to collect the milk for distribution due to the ongoing total lockdown and curfew imposed across the country to break the chain of spreading deadly novel coronavirus or the COVID-19. According to a cattle farmer, around 200 Jersey breed of cattle are being rare by farmers of Tekcham village. A jersey breed cattle produced milk ranging from 25 litres to 30 litres per day. Two firm – YVU Thoubal and Lamjingba collected milk produced in the village for around Rs. 60,000/- per day. Hoever, due to the lockdown the firms had stopped collecting milks Those coming from the Dairy farm collected limited quantity and the cattle farmers are left no means to sell their product. With no option left the farmers are inviting relatives and near and dear one to collect the milk without getting any profit and by losing the invested money as they don’t want to see the milk goes wasted. The farmers said that they cannot produce items from the milk as they can’t get chemical for producing due to the lock down.
Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]