Feed resources geared towards contract fodder production

Green fodder ensiled can be valuable during lean season
Green fodder ensiled can be valuable during lean season

Sarpang: A green fodder production was initiated at Yangchenphu village, Dekiling geog with 25 founding group members in 2012 to make the productive use of fallow lands and address the fodder scarcity during the lean periods.

It was initiated jointly by the Dzongkhag Livestock Sector and the National Centre for Animal Centre (NCAN), Bumthnag that was also aimed to supply the excess conserved fodder within and outside Dzongkhag’s dairy farmers who procures bulk fodders for winter. This will also help to create annual lucrative income generation sources for the farmers besides fodder seeds production.

The fodder packaging was made handy by ensiling the chopped green fodders into a plastic bag with an average weight of 35kgs for easy handling, lifting, loading, unloading during transportation for end users. The ensiled fodder was also value added with 3%-5% liquid molasses to improve the fermentation, energy content and palatability ensuring the quality of the fodder worth feeding to the animals. The fodder seeds, plastic and other materials including transportation were supported by NCAN.

The figure below indicates production data for 2015:

Group MemberGreen fodder ensiled (MT)Fodder marketed

(MT)

Income generated (Nu.)Amount accounted to group A/C (Nu.)
2554.4354.4327215054430

The innovative activity being in the awareness phase for adoption faced challenges like lack of organised marketing, a contributing factor creating barrier for production limitation. With the unknown demand, fine-tuning of the supply and demand remained unorganised leading into gap and variation. Therefore, there is a need to assess the demand from the users for production plan to suit the demand and supply.

The packaging material, the transparent white plastic utility also incurred heavy expenditure and possibility of reusing it was attempted but could not streamlined which needs to be reviewed efficiently.

Although there are certain challenges, the green fodder production program is productive towards bridging fodder shortages and maintaining milk production, a small contribution into realisation of Annual Performance Agreement of the Dzongkhag and the country.

Submitted by Dzongkhag Livestock Sector, Sarpang

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