Thursday, January 24, 2013

CIPHET scientist propagates new cattle feed technology

Ludhiana/Raikot, January 24:

An expert team of Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) informed the farmers about the benefits of the newly standardized technology of the potato enriched cattle feed during the function organized by the NABARD in village Jalaldiwal of Raikot for launching of the eight Kisan clubs to promote dairy sector.

Addressing the farmers, Senior Scientist of CIPHET Dr Sangeeta Chopra informed that cattle feed could also prepared by using waste potatoes. "Farmers often face problem of distress sale or sometime they have to even throw due to potato glut. This problem could be handled to some extent by converting waste potatoes in cattle feed, which could be used for six to nine months," she said, adding that this also brings down cost of cattle feed as upto 30 percent of expensive contents in cattle feed could be replaced with waste potato.

Stressing on other benefits, Dr Sangeeta said that research study conducted by them showed increase in milk yield of animals from five to seven percent. DDM NABARD Mr Nalin Rai said that they had recently sponsored training of farmers to get know how for preparation of cattle feed from the waste potatoes at CIPHET. "NABARD is bringing all experts and stakeholders on one platform and helping to launch Kisan clubs for farmers to provide information at their doorsteps," he said, adding that in coming days number of Kisan clubs would be launched in district of Ludhiana.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development) Mr Rishi Pal said that they have no dearth of funds for willing farmers who wish to start dairy projects. He also appreciated CIPHET for developing cattle feed from potatoes. Members of various farmers' organization, private industry and NGOs were present on the occasion.

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