16th April 2015, Makhdoom
Shri Giriraj Singh, Union Minister of State, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises visited various Livestock Units, laboratories, Agriculture farm area of ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Goats, Makhdoom on 16th April 2015.
Shri Singh said there is a shortage of green fodder to the tune of 40-50% which needs to be addressed through a fodder revolution in the country. The work on Moringa Oleifera biomass based complete feed technology is an initiative in this direction to fulfill the gap in the availability of green fodder to the livestock in the country.
Dr. S. Ayappyan , Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR emphasized on goat husbandry for the nutritional security, rural employment and prosperity to the millions of farmers in the country. In his address he called upon the scientists and policy planners to ensure PPP i.e. Protein, Paisa and Prestige to the farmers in the country.
Dr. K.M.L. Pathak, DDG (AS), said technology generated by the scientists in the is reaching to the hands of the farmers through various ICAR institutions and KVKs by encouraging plantation of Moringa Oleifera and promoting use of its leaves as source of green fodder/ nutrition to the livestock.
Dr. S.K. Agarwal, Director, ICAR-CIRG presented a brief profile of the institute and its major achievements.
On this occasion Dr. U.B. Chaudhary, Head NFRPT, CIRG presented research findings of his project on Moringa Oleifera (Sahjan) biomass based complete feed for goats. Initial results indicated usefulness of Moringa leaves as a source of nutrition as it contains 16.64% crude protein and is readily consumed by the goats.
Shri A. K. Jha, DG, NIESBUD, Noida, Govt. of India and Shri A.K. Mohanty, General Manager, NABARD, New Delhi were also present on the occasion.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Goats, Makhdoom)