|A bovine order
I have received information that the new Minister of Agriculture, has given an order cancelling the previous ban on slaughter of buffaloes.
I am surprised that a minister coming from a rural area and a hilly district should give such an order.
The buffalo is of great use to the poor villagers for their paddy cultivation, especially in hilly areas where tractors cannot operate and also the fact poor villagers cannot afford to plough paddy fields with tractors.
Even today a lot of buffaloes are illicitly slaughtered, so if the order of the minister is not cancelled it will be the death knell of the poor paddy cultivators.
Dr. C. Godamunne
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