Elyrian farmers have reported a sharp rise in the number of cattle killed in the past year as the country struggles to cope with a severe haze that has shrouded much of the country.
“It’s a very worrying situation,” said a farmer, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
“The situation has changed drastically since the start of the year and we are seeing a huge increase in the numbers of cattle dying.”
The farmer said he was informed by a local source that the number was now at around 200,0000 cattle.
“This is a worrying increase for farmers and it is also an indication that the situation is getting worse,” he added.
The government says it is working to reduce the haze and to protect farmers from the disease that causes cattle to become sick.
But farmers are also concerned about the economic impact the haze will have on rural communities.
“Farmers are getting killed and their livestock are getting affected,” said the farmer.
“People are trying to sell their livestock.
I am not allowed to speak about it but I have heard that some farmers have sold their livestock for a lot of money,” he said.
In the rural kingdom of Elyrria, where many of the cattle are brought from Turkey to be sold for a profit, farmers are facing similar difficulties.
“I have heard people are selling their animals for hundreds of dollars,” he told the BBC.
“This is just a sign that the haze has increased and we need to be careful,” he explained.
“If the farmers are worried about the health of their cattle, then it’s up to them to deal with it themselves.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture has warned farmers against selling their cattle for profit.
“No matter what the price, we have warned farmers not to sell for profit or to send cattle to be slaughtered,” it said in a statement on Thursday.
“We have also warned that if they send cattle for slaughter, it could lead to the destruction of the herd.”
In the worst cases, cattle can become infected with the disease and die, but the disease has not been transmitted to humans.
If it has, we would expect that it has been spread to human beings,” the statement said.
If we have to sell our cattle for a good price, the people who work in our farms are afraid. “
We have to take care of our livestock because we cannot get rid of them,” said farmer Semyon Goryanov, who has worked on the region’s farms for years.
“If we have to sell our cattle for a good price, the people who work in our farms are afraid.
They are worried, and they have to think twice before sending cattle to the slaughterhouse,” he warned.”
The haze has been affecting our farms for many years.
We are worried,” he also added.”
There are farmers who have sold the cattle for less than they should have.
There are also some who have not sold their cattle at all,” he concluded.