645 quintal fodder seeds distributed to farmers

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

As per the department, the livestock population in the district stands to 10.57 lakh and the consumption of fodder mounts to 1.84 lakh metric tonnes. In a bid to protect the livestock due to severe drought in the State, the government has decided to extend seeds and fertilisers to farmers so they can grow fodder on large scale and feed their cattle. 

Pune: To address the issue of fodder crisis in the State due to low rainfall this year, the Animal Husbandry Department distributed 645 quintal fodder seeds to farmers having livestock.
 
As per the department, the livestock population in the district stands to 10.57 lakh and the consumption of fodder mounts to 1.84 lakh metric tonnes. In a bid to protect the livestock due to severe drought in the State, the government has decided to extend seeds and fertilisers to farmers so they can grow fodder on large scale and feed their cattle. 

According to the State government, due to scanty rainfall, out of 355 talukas, 160 are drought-prone. The seeds and fertilisers are distributed under the National Agriculture Development Scheme. As the drought-prone regions are likely to face a shortage of fodder soon, Guardian Minister Girish Bapat also started the fodder awareness drive in the district. The Animal Husbandry Department will be managing the drive led by Deputy Commissioner of the department Shitalkumar Mukne. The seeds worth Rs 70 lakh and the funds for fertilisers will be transferred in accounts of the farmers. 

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