ICAR, KVK, Tura, West Garo Hills conducted Training programme on "Fodder Production"

KA two days training programme on “Production of different  types of fodder  for livestock feeding” was conducted by ICAR, KVK, Tura, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya on 30th and 31st May
2017 in KVK campus. Fodder plays an important role in the feeding of livestock farming especially dairy farming. Though the growth of dairy sector in Meghalaya is not so significant due to limited involvement of tribal population in milk production, it is booming now as an income generating activity for our poor farmers and rural youths as the demand of milk increases as a wholesome food item for all. The per capita availability of milk in Meghalaya is only 83 gm/day (2015-16) which is far  below  the  world  average  of  285gm/day and  also  the  minimum  nutritional  requirement  of 280gm/day as recommended by the ICMR. The total milk production Meghalaya was 84 thousand tonnes only in 2015-16. The cost involved in feeding of cows is one of the major constraints of dairy farming in Garo Hills. So, to reduce the cost of feeding of cows, production of quality fodder is only alternative for the farmers.  The goal of the increased milk production can be achieved only through  ensuring  availability  of  good  quality  fodder  in  balanced  ratio.  KVK,  Tura  always encourages farmers in Garo Hills for cultivation of different types of fodder grasses and plantation of fodder trees for livestock feeding.

A total of 16 farmers from Aminda Rangsa, Samandalgre, Dumidikgre, Chidekgre, Sanchanggre, Rombagre, Darengagal villages of West Garo Hills, Rakhaldubi village of South- West Garo Hills and Rongsel, Line Ading of North GaroHills participated in the programme. Participants were taught about the cultivation methods of different types of perennial fodder grasses like Para, Guinea, Hybrid Napier, Congosignal, and Stylosanthes and trees like Subabul and Bauhinia along with practical demonstration at KVK’s fodder farm. Distribution of fodder seeds and planting materials was also done by KVK among the participants.


Visit at KVK’s Fodder Farm


Distribution of fodder seeds and planting materials