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ILRI To Pact With Odisha


Odisha Government and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) will join hands to provide improved feed and fodder to the livestock of the State.


A new State Plan Scheme with a cost of Rs.18.08 Crore will be implemented for a Project of three years from 2016-17.
45 Fodder coop societies will be formed and 120 progressive farmers will be supported to develop fodder nursery.
Nearly 50,000 farmers will be benefitted through training, trial, demonstration, fodder cultivation and other activities.
Department of animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary Science and animal Husbandry and ILRI will undertake the study analysis and estimation of nutritional value of different varieties of fodder crops available in Odisha.
Dr. Jimmy Smith, Director General ILRI visited Odisha recently and during that period he met the Chief Secretary A P Padhi.
Dr.Smith also met Secretary, F &ARD Department, Bishnupada Sethi to discuss on the scope of livestock sector in Odisha and contributions which ILRI could make in improving the lives of farmers dependent on livestock.

Accordingly ILRI and Department of Fisheries & ARD will sign an agreement to this effect.
 
And ILRI will collaborate with to Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services (DAH&VS), Department of FARD for the “Feed and Fodder Production in Different Agro-climatic Zones and Utilization for Livestock of Odisha”
 
 ILRI is a part of Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is working for improvement of the lives of poor and marginalized farmers through enhancing the livestock production in developed and under-developed world.
 
 ILRI has been working in Odisha since 2013 in collaboration with Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), OMFED and DAH&VS, F&ARD, Government of Odisha to improve the livestock productivity through better utilization of crop residues and supplementation of mineral mixture within the framework of the Cereal Systems Initiatives for South Asia (CSISA).
 
A platform would be created to share the knowledge on fodder production in the State by different stakeholders.
 
Global expertise in feed and fodder development of ILRI will be utilized as the Government of Karnataka is utilizing.
 
ILRI is also working with the Government of Andhra Pradesh since last 15 years to bring dual purposes crops using sophisticated technology, which is recognized by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said sources.


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