GUWAHATI, March 31 - The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) has called upon the State government to mitigate the problems faced by people engaged in livestock rearing and fishery during the ongoing period of nationwide lockdown.
In a letter to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the state unit of BKS stated that livestock and fish farmers of Assam are facing an acute scarcity of animal feeds and fish feeds.
�A good number of educated youths are engaged in livestock, especially pig rearing and fish farming. But they have been unable to feed their animals during the lockdown period... request you to kindly find an amicable solution to cope with the problems faced by the livestock and fish farmers,� stated the BKS.
The BKS, which claims to be the largest farmers� union in India, suggested that the trucks loaded with animal feeds, which are being stranded in other states, should be brought to Assam and dispatched to different districts.
�The distribution of animal feeds may be done through restricted pass (sic) to the farmers through administration and police. Measures should be taken to control the price of animal feeds,� it stated.
BKS has also demanded that the sale of milk and milk products should be done in the state through proper administrative control.
Meanwhile, BKS state unit organising secretary Krishna Kanta Bora said the union got in touch with the state government to facilitate the movement of thousands of tonnes of fresh vegetables and other agricultural products which were stuck due to the lockdown at various parts of Assam.
�The farmers and producers, who are all indigenous people, were staring at a big loss. However, the state government has now made arrangements to sell those products in 14 districts through the respective local administrations,� Bora said.