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Pact with ILRI-ICRISAT promises to make feed, fodder sector remunerative in State




 A collaborative partnership between the Government of Odisha and ILRI-ICRISAT will go a very long way in making feed and fodder sector a Remunerative Income Generating Activity (RIGA) one and thereby help livestock farmers to enhance their income even being in their real life situation, feel experts.

Experts from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Crop Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), who held talks with a team of officials visiting ILRI-ICRISAT Hyderabad recently are upbeat about the collaboration.

Odisha’s Secretary Fisheries & Animal Resources Development (FARD) Bishnupada Sethi took proactive initiative for such a collaboration and formulated a new State Plan Scheme to be implemented in the State.

Sethi asked the officials to prepare an action plan for the feed and fodder production in different agro-climatic zones and its utilization for livestock consumption in Odisha.

He asked the officials to find ways to make the project accessible to maximum number of farmers in the State and for development of entrepreneurs for fodder development.

Sethi underlined the participation of private sector for feed and fodder development, which is an important part of the Project.

Experts of ILRI held talks with Sethi on  February 2 and before implementation of the Project, a team of officials were invited to visit ILRI-ICRISAT Hyderabad to get a first hand impression on the experimentation being taken up in the ICRISAT campus spread over a massive area of 13,000 Hectare with a face line of 17 Kilometer.

Team led by Scientist ILRI BB Swain along with Assistant Director VOTI Gopal Krishna Tripathy, Fodder Development Officer Ranjit Ekka,  Assistant Fodder Development Officer KK Mohapatra and Sub Assistant Fodder Development officer of the Directorate of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services Asim Kumar Biswal visited the ICRISAT Campus recently.

Dr.Tripathy and Dr.Biswal are highly optimistic about the project, which will have far reaching impact in feed and fodder development in the State.

ICRISAT Deputy Director General-Research, Dr. Peter S Carberry expressed deep interest in Odisha, which has huge rice fallow available in the State.

Experts feel that by adopting ration balancing program the net income of the farmers can be increased by at least 16 percent.

It may be pointed out that Odisha is the only State which has doubled farmers’ income through agriculture in general and particularly through the Fisheries and ARD Sector, admits Ashok Dalwai, Union Additional Secretary Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.






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