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India - Drought-hit farmers ‘give the lie’ to govt’s cow welfare promise

At the Salegaon cattle market in Beed, farmers say that usually there are about 1,000 cattle at this time of the year “But now there are 2,000, says Balasaheb Ingle, a major cattle trader from Kaij taluka.

Oversupply has meant a crash in prices. While a pair of bullocks usually fetched Rs 60,000, now the price is Rs 20,000 and lower “I used to buy 15 cattle at each market. Now I am not even buying five,” says Ingle, whose clients in larger markets have dried up.

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