Rajkot: The livestock exporters, traders and cattle breeders are planning mass agitation in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, Kutch and Ahmedabad following Gujarat government’s decision to suspend export of livestock from Tuna port in Kutch, the only designated port in Gujarat for livestock export that is run by Deendayal Port Trust (DPT).
The sheep and goats from Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat export from Tuna port since more than four decades and in last three years every year an average seven lakh animals are exported from the port in country craft.
The Livestock Exporters’ Association is planning a nationwide agitation alleging that Gujarat government’s decision was arbitrary and without authority. Association’s secretary Mohsim Noor told TOI, “We will be deciding our strategy in which the traders and exporters of the country will join in agitation in Delhi. The state government’s decision will affect cattle breeders, transporters, vessel owners and labourers.”
The sheep and goat is exported to Dubai and Muscat and from there it goes to other countries of East Asia through boats. Noor questioned “Why the animal activists wear leather shoes and belt? Why they allow fishing on the coast it’s also cruelty. But government has special department for it and government is also giving subsidy.”
“We will make representation to the union ministry of commerce next week in this regard,” Noor added.