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Deficient monsoon hits dairy farming

Deficient monsoon has not only hit paddy transplantation in Punjab but also adversely affected dairy farming in the region as livestock owners are finding it hard to get adequate and quality green fodder for their cattle. Shortage of electricity and water has only added to their woes, leading to lowering of milk productivity of their milch cattle.

punjab Updated: Aug 05, 2012 22:27 IST

Deficient monsoon has not only hit paddy transplantation in Punjab but also adversely affected dairy farming in the region as livestock owners are finding it hard to get adequate and quality green fodder for their cattle. Shortage of electricity and water has only added to their woes, leading to lowering of milk productivity of their milch cattle.

Balwinder Singh Rana, a dairy owner from Nahla village, told Hindustan Times that it was one of the worst seasons for their business. Earlier, they used to sow fodder by this time of the year, but less rain and consequent shortage of electricity and water has hit hard the production of fodder.

"The colour of fodder is also yellowish which was another reason for less milk production. Now, we have to buy green fodder from the market where number of farmers fail to get adequate quantity and quality," Rana added.

Tarsem Singh, a dairy owner in Basti Peer Daad said that due to prolonged summer season, delayed monsoon, power crises and shortage of water had brought milk productivity down.

Rakesh Kumar, another diary owner from Gill village, rued that shortage of electricity, water and deficient monsoon had left farmers and their cattle in distress. "We are mixing dried chaff (toori) in cattle feed, which the animals do not like," he said.

Kumar demanded that the SAD-BJP government immediately provide relief to them.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, animal husbandry department deputy director JS Ghumman accepted that deficient monsoon and hot weather had impacted milk productivity of cattle. He however said that there was no shortage of green fodder in the region.