Petrol unaffordable; Nashik milkman dumps bike, switches to horse

Nashik (Maharashtra): Kalu Gowardhan, a dairy farmer of Belgaon in Nashik district of Maharashtra, these days, supplies milk to his customers in the surrounding villages riding a horse. Kalu decided to switch to the horse after the petrol prices shot through the roof and started eroding his profit margins. He dumped his bike and bought a horse. He ties a milk can to the back of the horse and goes from village to village, distributing milk.

Extra income

Kalu says that when he was using the bike, his monthly fuel bill was Rs 8,000. Now, he has to spend just Rs 4,000 per month on fodder for the animal. Thus, he is saving Rs 4,000 per month. “I also rent the horse for marriage processions and that is my extra income,” he says.