Govt taking steps to curb prices of cattle feed: Minister Chinchurani
By Pinkerala News Desk | Jan 14, 2022
Launches Milma’s Ksheeravardhini Bypass Fat as a supplement for cows in late pregnancy, early lactation stages
Palakkad, Jan 13: The Kerala government has initiated effective steps to check steady increase in prices of cattle feed besides encouraging cultivation of green fodder by providing subsidy to farmers to reduce the input cost, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Smt J Chinchurani said today.
Speaking after launching Milma’s Ksheeravardhini Bypass Fat as an energy supplement for cows, the Minister said while cattle feed produced by Milma and Kerala Feeds Ltd are available at subsidized rates, frequent spurt in prices of feed from private sector companies has prompted the government to intervene to ensure a level playing field.
Noting that paucity of inputs was a prime cause for steady increase in manufacturing cost and unbridled price rise of cattle feed in the state, Smt Chinchurani said the government has taken steps to promote local production of green fodder by providing subsidies.
“A shortage of inputs is what is causing the manufacturing price of cattle feed to shoot up. To promote local cultivation of green fodder, the government has begun giving a subsidy of Rs 15,000 per acre to the growers as a first step,” the Minister said at the function at Milma’s Cattle Feed Plant at Malampuzha near here.
Kerala is working towards bringing new varieties of pedigree cows to the state. Already, the Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB) has signed a pact on this with IISER (Indian Institute of Science Education and Research).
The government is also introducing a scheme of implanting microchips in cows for their complete information. The project will begin in Pathanamthitta district, she revealed.
Smt Chinchurani said farmers must be made aware of the benefits of Milma’s latest product, which is prescribed for use to cows in both advanced stages of pregnancy and early stage of lactation.
Palakkad MP Shri V.K. Sreekantan, while delivering the keynote address, said the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the dairy sector like other segments of the economy. The launch of Milma’s Ksheeravardhini Bypass Fat will prove to be a timely relief for the farmers, he noted.
Milma Chairman Shri K.S. Mani said the milk marketing federation has made several interventions for the benefit of the state’s dairy farmers. As part of such efforts, the new product is being sold to farmers at a 70 per cent subsidy against the market price. This is being done as an introductory offer by MRCMPU under the implementation of farmer support scheme, he said.
In his speech delivered online owing to Covid-19, Shri Mani lauded the government’s efforts to curb the prices of cattle feed.
Milma Managing Director Dr. Patil Suyog Subhashrao IFS said dairy has been one sector that quickly returned to normalcy after the peak of the pandemic. Ksheeravardhini Bypass Fat has been launched as part of efforts to overcome a slide in milk production owing to climate change and other factors, he added.
Other speakers on the occasion were District Panchayat President Smt K. Binumol, Malampuzha Grama Panchayat President Smt Radhika Madhavan; Block Panchayat Member Smt Kanchana Sudevan, KCMMF Director Board Member Smt K.K. Anitha, CITU President Shri A. Prabhakaran, INTUC State Vice-President Shri K. Appu and AITUC District Secretary Shri N.G. Muraleedharan Nair.
KCMMF Director Board Members Shri P Srinivasan and Sri P.P. Narayanan delivered the welcome address and proposed the vote of thanks respectively.
Milma has launched the product in view of cows generally facing energy deficiency when they need more calories during the advanced pregnancy stage and in the first three months of lactation after delivery. Ksheeravardhini Bypass Fat, which will offset this energy deficiency, will be produced at Milma’s Malampuzha Cattle Feed plant.
The Bypass fat works ideally by feeding 100 grams (one packet) of the product daily from the last ten days of pregnancy and the first three months after delivery to cows that yield more than 15 litres of milk every day. Ksheeravardhini Bypass Fat offers an economical solution to increase energy intake during lactation by skipping rumen microbial digestion and will thus be available for maximum absorption at the small intestine for high milk production.
By Pinkerala | Jan 27, 2022TCS Named a 2022 Global Top Employer
By Pinkerala | Jan 26, 2022Covid warriors feature in a rendition of ‘Hum Honge Kamyab’ urging the nation to be strong and fight the pandemic with courage - #BharatHogaKamyab
By Pinkerala | Jan 26, 2022MIMI Fish App to be launched in five more Kerala districts from February
By Pinkerala | Jan 25, 2022