Home SCHEMES STATE SCHEMES Fodder Development

Dairy development department is the Nodal Agency engaged in the fodder development activities in the state. In order to reduce the cost of production of milk and dairying profitable, the area under fodder cultivation has to be increased. To achieve this objective t various schemes are implementing through the department.

a.Small holding fodder cultivation:

It is expected to cultivate fodder in farmers field depends on the availability of land with hybrid varieties of Stem cuttings.  Assistance shall be given for the cultivation expenses. For the farmers cultivating fodder below 30 cents ,the cuttings are to be made available to the farmers by the department on free of cost. An amount of Rs.10000/- per hectare will be given as assistance . ( Cultivation assistance Rs.7750/ - & cost of slips Rs.2250/-)

Registration fee – Rs.6/- per cent

b.Promotion of Azolla cultivation :

Azolla was found to be a cheaper source for nutritious organic feed for dairy cattle and can grown under hygienic environment in homesteads. The cost of one unit is Rs.900/-. Beneficiaries shall be selected through Dairy co-operatives. Application shall be invited from progressive farmers and selected beneficiaries shall be registered under te scheme by charging a nominal registration fee of Rs.50/- per each beneficiary. Beneficiary shall be given Azolla multiplication units consisting of quality seeding materials, silpaulin sheet, Azofert, Azophose and harvesting net . these items shall cost Rs.375/- per unit, and cultivation assistance of Rs.125/- which shall be given as assistance to the farmer.

c.Fodder cultivation Unit through DCS :

Fodder cultivation  units are established for cultivating new varieties of fodder in every districts in one Ha land. The unit can supply the fodder & cuttings on demand to other farmers at nominal rate. The Assistance per unit is Rs.15000/-.

d.Fodder Tree cultivation :

Fodder trees like Agathi, Subabul etc. are raised in nurseries in every district and supplied  to farmers for propagation.  The tree leaves will improve the nutritive value of fodder and conserve soil. Nurseries can be raised by Dairy Societies, Kudumbasrees, NGOs etc . They will get an assistance of Rs.2.50/- per tree.

e.Cultivation of Short duration Fodder crops:

Maize, sorghum and Cowpea are the short duration fodder crops to be cultivated as intercrop or in between two cultivation of paddy. The seeds are supplied free of cost .

f.Irrigation Assistance :

This Scheme envisages to provide irrigation assistance for existing model fodder plots (minimum area - 50 cents) having water source.  Pump sets, storage tanks, connecting hose etc. can be purchased under this scheme. 50% subsidy limited to Rs. 10000/- is given to each unit.

g.Fodder Marketing Centres:

This scheme envisages promoting fodder cultivation extensively by the introduction of fodder marketing   units. The present shortage  in the availability of fodder can be met only by providing sustained market for the same. Even though there is widespread demand for fodder, one of the major constraints is the lack of transportation facility to market the same .In this scheme assistance will be provided to units like individuals, organizations, groups etc to collect cut fodder from where it is available in plenty to those areas where there is a great demand.

Two units will be established in 2 different major milk producing blocks. Each unit is supposed to handle 50 tones of fodder. An amount of Rs 50000 (50% subsidy) as assistance will be provided per unit after verification by DEO/DFI

 h. Assistance for Mechanization in Fodder harvesting :

Fodder cultivation has to compete with cash crops for space & time Mechanization will encourage the dairy farmers to take up fodder production on commercial basis. It includes providing machineries like harvester, chaff cutter, etc. This will help in reducing the labour cost and thereby reduce the cost of production of milk. Use of chaff cutters will prevent wastage of fodder and improve its intake and thus help in easy assimilation of the nutrients. The project envisages providing financial assistance for the purchase of machinery based on the requirement of the beneficiary. 50 % of the cost of the machinery or Rs 5000/- whichever is less will be provided as assistance.

i.Massive fodder cultivation:

The project envisages establishing fodder cultivation in 10 nos, of  1 ha land each  by Dairy co-operatives, NGO’s, individuals etc, especially on river basins. The project aims  to replicate the Koyippuram model, which is hailed as a success story in the field of  fodder cultivation programmes.

Priority should be given to the land near the river basins. Unit size of area that has to be brought under fodder cultivation is a minimum of 1 hectare / group. There shall be no upper limit. Beneficiaries under this scheme shall be given, off campus training by any one of the DTC of the Department. Assistance for the scheme is Rs.25000/- per unit.


അവസാനം അപ്ഡേറ്റ് ചെയ്യപ്പെട്ടത് (വ്യാഴം, 05 ആഗസ്റ്റ്‌ 2010 16:43)