How growing fodder is helping some farmers in Maharashtra?

Farmers of Balawadi village in Maharashtra’s Sangli district are actively hoping to enhance their revenue by experimenting in fodder cultivation, even as the Centre has introduced a variety of schemes to double farmers’ revenue by 2022,

“The Nationwide Commission on Farmers has insisted that there is a want for various resources of revenue to increase farmers’ revenue. For earlier lots of years we have been doing work on fodder farming product in drought-prone regions of Sangli district and the experiment is gaining momentum,” claimed farmer activist Sampatrao Pawar.

This 12 months farmers in Balawadi have planted maize on ten acres of land as a initial stage to produce a fodder bank. They will be cultivating fodder in around 25 hectares to cater to the want of farmers in Khanapur taluka (block).

Pawar claims that the earlier experiments have yielded excellent success. Over the previous five years, fodder cultivation has yielded excellent returns for farmers. Farmers right here say that cultivating fodder is considerably less costly in contrast to sugarcane and greens as it involves reduce amount of money of drinking water, pesticides and fertilisers. Sangli district in South Maharashtra is one particular of the major districts in the dairy sector and excellent fodder is generally in demand in the course of the 12 months.

In 2019, Balawadi villagers cultivated fodder and developed fodder bank for needy farmers. Ashok Jadhav, a farmer, claims that govt begins fodder camps throughout droughts exactly where farmers can choose their cattle but these camps have a damaging effects on the wellbeing of cattle and milk generation. “The excellent of fodder furnished at these camps is not up to the mark. Quite a few fodder camps are operate by neighborhood politicians who feed sugarcane to the cattle to get paid earnings from the grant furnished by the govt to operate fodder camps. Farmers must choose care of their cattle by producing fodder financial institutions,” he claimed.

Sandesh Pawar of Ugam Foundation, which is doing work with farmers, claimed that the govt must take care of bare minimum assistance selling price for fodder and procure it. It can then offer it to the cattle at the fodder camps. “Also, the govt must inspire farmers to develop fodder by providing concessions and grants. Extra sugarcane cultivation has wrecked the fertility of the land in lots of elements of Maharashtra and we have proved that fodder could be a excellent choice to strengthen the soil fertility and raise the farmers’ revenue,” he claimed.

The Nationwide Commission on Farmers, in its report, states that there is a want for greater study and advancement attempts in the regions of environmentally friendly fodder and feed generation. “Fodder and feed financial institutions can be set up to guide landless labour households, a huge proportion of whom are Dalits, to choose to stall-fed animal husbandry and yard poultry farming. Market place tie-up will be vital to guarantee reasonable return and prevent hazards. Micro-finance should really be supported with ideal backup expert services, so that it becomes Livelihood Finance,” the Commission stated.

The Commission advised environment up of a Livestock Feed Company of India to offer assistance to neighborhood degree SHGs engaged in the generation of fodder and feed and in organising ‘Fodder and Feed Banks’ and fortify used study in unique agro-ecological regions so that livestock entrepreneurs can apply right feeding regimes making use of regionally obtainable feedstuffs and roughages.