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Fodder bank in NICRA Villages

Availability of suitable varieties of fodder seed for delayed planting situation is a serious constraint for implementation of contingency plans in NICRA villages. To fulfill the requirement of the green fodder in NICRA villages during off season, drought season etc, fodder bank was established under NICRA project with high yielding improved varieties of fodder such as multi cut fodder (pearl millet, sorghum), maize (Yashwant grass, MP Chari, African tall ), hybrid napier (BNH-10, CO-3, NB-), lucerne (RL-88), multi cut baif (bajra), oat (Kent, JHO – 822), sorghum (CSV-15, CSH-24), berseem (J.H.B-146, Vardan), maize (MP Chari). These varieties have higher nutritive value and enabled farmers to have round the year the production of green fodder.

 

In Bhalot village of Kutch district, during summer 2015-16, green fodder of 108 tons of maize and sorghum and 184 tons of dry fodder (sorghum and wheat straw) was collected from different sources. A total of 364 tons of fodder was supplied to the cattle during summer 2016 from fodder bank. Milk production in the village increased due to fodder bank and other villages purchased the fodder from fodder bank. Earlier, before 2011, there was no dairy for milk marketing and one private dairy was collecting on an average 110 liter of milk daily. While, today one milk collection center has been established by “Sarhad (Co-operative) Dairy” and collecting average 340-liter milk even during summer. Today, four persons have started large size dairy farm of cows and buffalo. About 140 farm families rearing 365 cattle are benefited from this activity.

 

Fodder bank for feeding animals during lean seasons in NICRA villages

   
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