Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) at National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal, organised a five-day training programme on scientific dairy farming for 30 farm women of 15 blocks of Kangra district of the hill state.
The farm women were trained in the area of dairy cattle breeding, feeding, health care, clean milk production, management, growing different fodder crops silage and paneer making by NDRI scientists.
The training programme was sponsored by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA). Addressing the group in the valedictory function on Saturday, head of KVK, Dalip K Gosain said there was an ample scope of generating income and employment in the rural area of the hill state through scientific dairy farming.
Exhorting the farm women to adopt dairy farming, Gosain said farm families should have elite Jersey crossbred cattle and ensure their adequate scientific feeding.
“For improving the breed of both cattle and buffaloes, the farm families should adopt artificial insemination in their dairy animals,” said Gosain.
Explained the delicacy in the technique involved by the experts in artificial insemination, Gosain cautioned the group that elite crossbred dairy animals express their full genetic potential which was determined by feeding.
He emphasised that as the hill state was having preference for growing maize crop, the farm families should use the remains of maize plants to feed dairy animals in the silage form which have good nutritive value rather than storing it for longer period and feeding it in the un-chaffed fashion in the form of dry fodder.
Gosain stressed that the farm families of Kangra district should adopt the “Kamdhenu Model” of Namhol of Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh for selling of milk in a dairy cooperative mode to get more economical benefits.
He shared that the milk cooperative society at Namhol that started in 2001 with seven families that could pool around 37 litres of milk daily, as on today through Kamdhenu collects around 8,150 litres of milk everyday from 141 villages which includes 1,500 dairy farmers.