Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry (V&AH) Friday launched the fodder seeds distribution which was sanctioned by Government of India as part of drought mitigation scheme following drought like situation prevailing in the state this year.
The fodder seed distribution was formally launched by Director Dr. Y.Yisao at V&AH directorate conference hall where he handed out the package of Surgum seeds to media persons symbolically.
In his brief address Director said production of livestock and fodder must go hand in hand and that seed of fodder was a must for productions of livestock. Stating that theme for the occasion was “let’s produce more fodder”, Dr. Yisao lauded the department officials for their untiring effort and hoped that they would continue to work hard.
He told department official that their main duty was to educate the public and reminded that fodder was for animal production and for the public.
Earlier, Dr. T. Linyü, Jt. Director (Admn) who chaired the function remarked that fodder was a neglected sector for so many years. He also reminded that the state spend around Rs.200 crore annually in import of meat and its products.
On the occasion, the V&AH department talking to the media persons later, Dr.Vilhusa Seleyi, Deputy Director (Development and Marketing) revealed that department had identified and emphasized on four different crops in their proposal to the centre which includes, Oat, Surgum, Maize and Cow Pea.
However, the centre had so far provide with only the seeds of Oat and Surgum which will be distributed to the farmers across the state through the department functionaries including the various DVOs and SDVOs and also other sister departments.
He said Oat could be grown in kitchen garden or flower pot and use as both vegetable for men and fodder for animal.
One has only to soak the seeds overnight and plant it and after five to six days, one can take the Oat as vegetable which is very rich in protein, low in cholesterol, sugar and calorie. “It is a fodder and food for human and fodder and feed for animal.”
He also said that the fodder seed will continue as a package to the road shows and revealed that the seeds will be launched at the Wokha road show on Saturday. He also appealed to all the legislators particularly from Wokha district to assessed its requirement and come out with their demand for their respective constituencies.
He also revealed that following the drought like situation in the state, the prices of concentrated feed such as Wheat brand, cakes, fish meal, blood meal and bone meals had shot up from prices ranging from Rs.14-18 earlier to now Rs.24 per Kg in the state, whereas the same was not affected at the national level.
While revealing that there was no proper mechanism to monitor and check the prices of feed as of now, he said that the matter had been already taken up with state government so that government agency would monitor.