‘I don’t remember a time when I did not have a loan to repay’


How many bulls do you have? Two Why do you want to sell them? My son is getting married. I need money How long have you been trying to sell them? It’s been a month… Nobody’s buying them? No How much do you want for it? I want 15,000 rupees but nobody wants to
shell out more than 10,000 At what time did you come in the morning? 9 a.m. I have not even had water since then I will get it for you It is 1 p.m. How long will you wait? Will wait for half an hour or so And then head back to my village How far is the village? 3-4 kilometres What’s the name of your village? Daygavan How far is it? Around seven kilometres How did you come here? On foot How old are you? 60 So you walked with your bovine in this heat? Yes For how long have you been wanting to sell it? I will sell when I get reasonable price for it Why do you want to sell it? I already have a debt. I need money How much debt? 5-6 lakhs For how long have you had this debt? I don’t remember a time when
I did not have a loan to repay But it is increasing rapidly in the past few years If you do not find a customer today, what will you do? Will try at another bazaar Which one? Georai How far is it? 30 kilometres And how will you go? On foot only What are you doing? Shaping the horns For what? To make the bovine look more attractive To sell it? Yes What’s the name of your village? Wakulni How far is it? 15 kilometres So you came from 15 kilometres to sell it? Yes What’s the price? 20,000 [rupees] Is the second one also yours? Yes How much does the animal cost? 20,000 [rupees] How much did it cost before? Around 30,000. Two years ago Since when have the costs come down? After the beef ban So farmers are reluctant to buy? Yes

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