The government of Uttarakhand
in its effort to address this issue has handed over the fodder development
program in a phase wise manner to the ULDB. As an initial step the ULDB has been
granted funds for the establishment of a fodder bank at
Rishikesh to cater to the needs of the Garhwal
division of the state.
Under the program one compact feed block and one urea molasses lick block
manufacturing unit has already been established. A total of 3
compact feed blocks weighing 5 Kg and 2.5 lakh
bricks each weighing 2.5 Kg are to be prepared in these units.
Farmers and livestock entrepreneurs have been trained in the enrichment of crop
residues and other cellulosic
wastes through urea treatment. Till date a total of 4430 individuals have been
provided training under the program.
Under the centrally sponsored Abhinav
Yojna a program for the cultivation and propagation of
alpine and subtropical fodder grasses such as hybrid Napier,
Setaria, Guinea, Tall fescue, Rye, Brome, Cocksfoot, Clovers and Alfa-alfa
have been initiated in collaboration with the Van Panchyats.
A total of 13000 Van Panchayats
have been targeted involving more than 5 lakh
hectares of land. To begin with 16 Van Panchayats
and 14 departmental farms and barren lands in the campuses of departmental
institutions covering an area of 138 hectare have been adopted for this activity
for developing them into centers of excellence for the cultivation and
propagation of these grasses.
Centrally sponsored grassland
development and grass reserves project have been initiated in 09 hilly districts
of the state. Grassland development programme
have been taken up in 18 Van Panchayats
with an area of 90 hectares.
Board has taken up the
centrally sponsored scheme of minikits
demonstration of seasonal fodder crops such as maize, sorghum,
chari, cowpea, oats, berseem
. Till today 43383 minikits of fodder crops have
been distributed among farmers and livestock owners including SC & ST across the
SEE DETAILS OF FORAGE
RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT IN UTTARAKHAND