New beetroot – to revolutionise the dairy industry!
ontinuously conducting research to bring about changes in dairy segment, the Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI) has just concluded with their recent finding. They stated that a new fodder crop of beetroot is all set to revolutionise livestock-based economy of Western Rajasthan.
potential of 1,000 q/ha in a short period of less than four months which is probably the highest for any crop of similar age and that too during the lean period of January end to April when availability of other fodder crop decreases.
This crop is claimed to be way cheaper and nutrient rich for the cattle. The important feature of this crop is that this can be grown well with poor quality water and cost less than a rupee for 1kg biomass.
CAZRI Veterinarian SubhashKachhawahahas been experimenting on the indigenous breed of cows with this beet root fodder, he said that the results were remarkable in regards to acceptability by the milch animal, nutritional value, decline in the cost of feed and quality of the milk.
A principal fodder of cattle in cold countries like the Netherlands and New Zealand, the scientists have successfully adapted this crop to the arid and warm environment of Rajasthan.
tricts and has found the demand growing. Director of CAZRI, Dr. O. P Yadav said that if seeds are made available on time and extension activities are undertaken by the state agriculture and animal husbandry departments, this can be a game changer for dairy industry of this region.
Having researched on this new crop of beetroot in 2010, CAZRI has passed it on to the livestock holders in the desert dis-
Since fodder availability is the biggest issue in livestock dominated Western Rajasthan, this crop showed the yield
“Now we have been working on the aspect, where this fodder could either do away with or reduce the need of concentrate (mix of cereals and grains)”.
Kerala wary about RCEP that might impact domestic dairy industry
egional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is likely to make way for milk and milk products from other countries. This may affect small and marginal farmers in Kerala who are not ready to compete with their New Zealand and Australian counterparts.
Kerala state has raised concern over the 16 Asian-Pacific countries on the ground that it would impact the country’s dairy sector. The RCEP agreement is expected to be signed in November. K Raju, Minister for Forest, Animal Husbandry
and Dairying was present at the 46th Dairy Industry Conference. He said,“Milk products from these countries would be price-competitive and the elimination of tariff lines potentially opens up much larger possibility of Indian milk producers facing pressure from countries like New Zealand and Australia.” He pointed out that the inflow of cheaper raw materials for reconstituted milk might affect the market for the natural milk produced by dairy farmers. A unique feature of the Indian dairy sector was high share of the consumer rupee flowing into hands of the primary milk producers, thanks to the operation flood programme. “It is feared that the opening up of dairy sector hastily to global competition will be a recipe for disaster unless the small
producers are provided with appropriate policy support.” The Minister urged the Centre to hold discussions and consultations with all State governments before finalising RCEP. “It is requested that RCEP objectives may kindly be revisited and revised so that opening up of dairy sector in Kerala to external competition from developed countries can be prevented,” he said. Executive Director of National Dairy Development Board, Sangram Chaudhary said that India’s per capita consumption of milk is about 350 gms per day — lower than the developed countries. The growth in population and consumption would continue to stimulate demand for milk and milk products. Even though India is the largest milk producer, the average productivity of about 4.90 kg per day, which is also lower compared to other dairy developed countries. Chaudhary stressed on the need to propagate modern dairying and livestock management practices, which are technology-driven and are efficient.