Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-04-22 17:33 Mysuru: Severe heat and acute water crisis have forced farmers in and around Mysuru district to give away their cattle. Distressed farmers are handing over their livestock to Pinjarapole Society in Mysuru. The society, which shelters sick, distressed and rescued cattle has been receiving more number of cattle in the last three months. On an average, the society receives 4-5 cattle every day. The society received 109 cows last month from farmers and also from a few mutts. In February, 35 cattle and in January 58 cattle were provided to the society. Besides, at least 158 cattle were rescued till April 10, 143 in February and 71 in March and they have been housed at the society. Majority of the livestock is received from Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Hassan and Coorg. Although the government has been claiming that there is no shortage of drinking water and fodder for cattle, growing number of livestock in Pinjarapole gives a different picture. With water level going down and no other alternative source of water, the farmers are finding it difficult to take care of their cattle. Besides, the harsh summer has left many grazing fields barren. With nothing to improve their situation, the farmers are forced to leave their livestock in the society. Chennaiah, a farmer from Subbanahalli near Mysuru said “Owing to near drought-like situation, the farmers are selling their cattle at Boresanthe near Bherya, Nanjangud, Darga, Hunsur and Chunchankatte for very low price. The government’s claim of having enough fodder and water is just an eyewash. They are not aware of the ground reality, he rued. “Earlier, farmers would never sell-off their cattle and would treat them till they die. But in the changed circumstances, the farmers are finding it tough to take care of them. They are but helpless to leave their cattle in the society,” said another farmer Somashekhar from Nanjangud. However, deputy director of animal husbandry, Prasad Murthy disagreed with the farmers. He said there is no scarcity of fodder in the district and can last for three months. When asked about the society receiving more livestock, Prasad said they might have been rescued from being slaughtered.