Bhubaneswar, 15/04/2017 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty )-: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Odisha Government and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on Saturday to improve livestock management practices in the State.
The MoU was signed by Pratap Chandra Dash, Director, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Odisha, Cuttack on behalf of Government of Odisha and Dr. Iain A Wright, DDG-Research, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi in presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Agriculture Minister Pradeep Kumar Maharathy, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Agriculture Production Commissioner Gagan Bihari Dhal and Secretary of Fisheries & Animal Resources Development Department Bishnupada Sethi.
Under the 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.1808.00 lakh will be implemented during a period of three years by ILRI and Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services (DAH & VS), Odisha, under which 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.
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.