ICAR Initiated Fodder Technology Demonstration Programme

22nd September 2013, Jhansi

Dr. K.D. Kokate, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension) inaugurated a workshop cum training programme on National Initiative on Fodder Technology Demonstration (NIFTD) at Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute (IGFRI), Jhansi.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Kokate emphasized upon bridging the gap in demand and supply of fodder at micro level. He suggested that district wise technological interventions should be prepared on fodder deficit, livestock population, milk productivity, lactation period, income and health issues etc. Dr. Kokate also stressed upon development of fodder bank and fodder seed bank. A training manual on ‘Forage Production, Utilization and Conservation’ was also released by Dr. Kokate on the occasion.

On this occasion, Guest of Honour Dr. S.K. Dhyani, Director, National Research Centre for Agroforestry (NRCAF), Jhansi said that the programme is a step ahead to sustain the white revolution in the country. Dr. A.K. Singh, ZPD, Zone- II, Kolkata and Dr. A.K. Singh, ZPD, Zone-IV, Kanpur were also present on the occasion and gave their valuable remarks for promotion of forages in different parts of the country through KVK network.

Earlier, Dr. P.K. Ghosh, Director, IGFRI welcomed the dignitaries and presented an overview of the NIFTD programme and plan of action for visibility on dissemination of forage technologies for the benefit of farmers.

This is a collaborative programme which has been conceptualized jointly by Agricultural Extension Division, ICAR and IGFRI, Jhansi through vast networking of 100 KVKs for accelerating fodder production, enhanced forage and livestock productivity. The programme will be executed at farmers’ field under the supervision of 8 Zonal Project Directorates.

Scientists, officials from Extension Division, ICAR, IGFRI, NRCAF and participants from KVKs participated in this 2-day (22-23 September, 2013) training programme.

(Source: IGFRI, Jhansi)