Keeping in view the importance of nutritional management in livestock farming, State Government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Pradeep Kumar Maharathy, Minister Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development; Aditya Prasad Padhi, Chief Secretary; Gagan Bihari Dhal, Agriculture Production Commissioner; Bishnupada Sethi, Secretary, F&ARD Department were present on the occasion.
The MoU was signed by Pratap Chandra Dash, Director, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Odisha, Cuttack on behalf of the State Government and Iain A Wright, DDG-Research, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi.
Under State Plan, this initiative on “Feed & Fodder Production in Different Agro Climatic Zones and its Utilization for Livestock of Odisha” with a project cost of Rs 1, 808 lakh will be implemented during a period of three years by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services (DAH & VS), Odisha.
Under this program feed and fodder mapping would be undertaken in the State for livestock development, besides creating a network of cooperative societies which would help farmers in a big way to adopt appropriate feeding practice to manage their livestock. This will assist to enhance feed and fodder production in the State, and increase the efficiency in utilization.
As per the agreement, ILRI will play the central role in improving the production of quality feed and fodder along with introducing the latest feeding technology through training and demonstration for specific small-scale livestock farming system. This particular feeding technology will be scaled up through private sector.
Through this project, a comprehensive situation analysis on feed and fodder availability in the State as well as an agro-climatic zone-wise resource mapping and nutrition analysis will be taken up. It would also suggest feeding pattern for different livestock based on particular cropping pattern and agro-climatic zone.
ILRI will provide technical support to the DAH & VS Odisha, Cuttack to form 45 Fodder Cooperative Societies and involve 120 Progressive Farmers to develop fodder nursery. Similarly, farmers will be motivated to grow superior dual purpose crops for boosting the fodder availability as well as the grain.
The scheme aims to develop Local Service Provider (LSP) for fodder cultivation as well as to provide other livestock feed technologies at farmer’s door step. This will provide an avenue for rural youth for employment and income generating activity.
A platform will also be created to share the knowledge on fodder production and the best feeding technology in the State by different stakeholders.