The weekly market near Mysuru was sought-after by farmers from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala for livestock trade.
It’s a nippy Thursday morning – and the weekly Terakanambi market in Gundlupet taluk in Karnataka’s Chamarajanagar district is abuzz with activity.
Vegetables, fruits, pulses and jaggery among other such items are piled in large heaps and are being aggressively peddled by hopeful farmers who have begun coming to the market as early as 6 am.
The indigenous Hallikar bulls and the high-yielding milch cows of Holstein Friesian breed, popularly known as the Jersey cows, are brought here by farmers to be traded for a fair price.
These days, however, the market wears a sombre look.
Amid a steady stream of news on the massive farmers’ protest from the borders of Delhi against the three farm laws is the new anti-cow slaughter law in the state, which has left the farmers wary of their future.
The BJP-led government in Karnataka passed the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill 2020 in the Assembly on 9 December 2020. The law came to effect on 18 January 2021. The law prohibits all forms of cattle slaughter and proposes stringent punishment for offenders.
On 9 February, the Karnataka Legislative Council, too, passed the Bill by a voice vote, amid protests from the Congress. The Janata Dal (Secular), which has been silent on the cattle bill, is believed to have supported its passing in the Upper House.