Animal husbandry department has requested funds of INR 1 crore from the district planning committee and INR 35 lakh from the zilla parishad to grow fodder. The department described the current stock of fodder as adequate for the entire livestock across the district, and claimed that the funds would be used for additional claimed that the funds would be used for additional preparation for fodder in case there is insufficient rainfall in the future.
GR Patil, the deputy commissioner of the animal husbandry department, Nashik said the stock was reviewed in March – in the backdrop of El-Nino, revealing that if there was no rainfall at all, the stock would have lasted till August or September.
“However, there has been some rainfall and farmers have sown seeds for various crops so far. Even if there are issues with rainfall at this moment, the current plant growth will double-up as fodder and the need for more fodder is unlikely to be raised till October,” said the officer
The department is preparing with plans to meet the eventuality of fodder shortage by giving seeds to farmers or growing grass and then buying it from them to supply it to cattle-owners.
The department has sought INR 1 crore from the district planning committee for buying seeds. The Nashik ZP will also make seeds worth INR 35 lakh available through its schemes. Seeds will be presented to farmers who have reliable water sources to grow grass and the administration will buy it from them.
The fodder will then be supplied to the farmers who have cattle. But this practice will only be followed if the government declares water scarcity in the future, he added. The vulnerable talukas where grass stock is on the lower side are Malegaon, Chandwad, Baglan, Nandgaon and even Nashik.
Thereafter, the talukas likely to face a shortage of fodder are Kalwan, Surgana, Dindori, Igatpuri, Peth, Niphad, Trimbakeshwar and Yeola. Talukas like Deola and Sinnar have better stock position, the officer said. The district administration will review the situation on the availability of fodder soon.
Source: Times of India