Fodder banks to help farmers overcome crisis

Two fodder banks to help cattle belonging to farmers in Jayapura and Beerihundi were inaugurated on Thursday.

The fodder bank were opened at Jayapura as part of the 16 such facilities to be opened across the district in the coming days. MLA G T Devegowda inaugurated the fodder bank for the benefit of farmers who are reeling under drought. The localities and farmers in the region had demanded for a fodder bank in the region and had put up a demand to provide free fodder due to difficulty in purchase due to decline in their income owing to the drought situation in the region.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion,  Devegowda said, “As now fodder will be provided at a low cost of Rs 3 per KG but in the coming days, I will discuss the issue with the drought review committee and put up a suggestion before them to ensure free supply of fodder to all the farming community in the region.”

“The authorities have acquired adequate fodder to cover the cattle population at a rate of 25 kg of fodder per animal, but the burden is on the revenue authorities to ensure equal and adequate distribution to the beneficiaries and handle the issue carefully to avoid the shortfall of fodder, “ he added.

The Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry Department, Prasad Murthy, has said that 16 other fodder banks will be opened in the district of which four each will come up in Mysuru and Nanjangud taluks, while two each will be established at Periyapatna, Hunsur and H D Kote.

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