20th July, 2021, Jhansi
The ICAR-Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh through its Agri-Business Incubation Centre (ABIC) organized a National Virtual Meeting on “Creating a National Platform of different Stakeholders on ICAR-IGFRI Feed and Fodder Products and its Marketing” today.
In his address, Dr. Ashok Kumar Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension), ICAR emphasized on the technological solutions from the ICAR Institutes to enhance the fodder production. The area-specific mapping of fodder production and utilization in different parts of India was also suggested by the DDG. Dr. Singh highlighted the importance of involving the Cooperatives and Machine Manufactures in the fodder supply chain.
Dr. O.P. Chaudhary, I.A.S. & Joint Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India urged for the product development for unorganized and small stakeholders involved in the fodder industry. He also stressed on the support for employment generation and research funding from the National Livestock Mission through Sub-Mission on Fodder.
Dr. N.P. Singh, Director, ICAR-IIPR, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh outlined the existence of a vast scope of utilization of the pulse crop residues that could be used for making total mixed ration.
Dr. Amresh Chandra, Director, ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh emphasized that the platform may create the first Feed and Fodder Revolution in the country.
Shri Ashok Wadhawan, Founder, Win-Win Solutions, Gurugram, Haryana highlighted the role of private partners in the proposed platform.
The main objective of the Meeting was to develop the professional linkages between the different stakeholders and establish the production and marketing channel on feed and fodder products throughout the country and abroad.
The Meeting was organized in association with the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India; Indian Farmers’ Fertilizer Cooperative (IFFCO), New Delhi; Anand Milk Union Limited (AMUL), Anand, Gujarat; India Tobacco Company Limited, Hyderabad; National Seeds Corporation Ltd. (NSC), New Delhi; National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED), New Delhi; ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulse Research, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh; Win-Win Solution, Gurugram, Haryana.
A total of 30 participants including the senior officials from the ICAR Institutes & Headquarters, DAHD, IFFCO and AMUL also participated and deliberated during the Meeting.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh)