Fodder crisis was known but govt inaction dairynews7x7

AWARE OF the upcoming disaster, the Union authorities had developed a blueprint a minimum of two years in the past for assembly fodder deficit that’s adversely affecting agricultural households now. This concerned organising about 100 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) for fodder by the Nationwide Dairy Growth Board (NDDB), however not a single such FPO has been registered but.

The proposal to arrange of 100 FPOs particularly for fodder, was drafted by the Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (MoFAHD) in September 2020; as part of the federal government’s bold plan of making 10,000 FPOs introduced in Funds 2019-20 quickly after the BJP returned to energy in Might 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had formally launched the scheme on February 29, 2020, in Chitrakoot.

However as per the main points accessible with the Union Ministry of Agriculture, until August 16 this 12 months, 8,416 FPOs have been allotted to 13 implementing businesses, of which 3,287 FPOs have been registered. Additional, of the 26 FPOs allotted to the NDDB, just one has been registered until August 16, 2022. Sources in MoFAHD mentioned even this FPO underneath the NDDB is for honey, not fodder.

The FPO scheme – Formation & Promotion of 10,000 Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) — has a complete funds outlay of Rs 6,865 crore—Rs 4,496 crore for 5 years i.e., 2019-20 to 2023-24, and a dedicated legal responsibility of Rs 2,369 crore for 4 years starting 2024-25.

Authorities sources mentioned ‘FPOs within the dairy sector’ was one of many agenda objects mentioned within the fourth assembly of the Agriculture Secretary-chaired Nationwide Challenge Administration Advisory and Fund Sanctioning Committee (N-PMAFSC) on September 28, 2020. With the FPO scheme entailing liberal monetary assist, it was determined that the Division of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) will put together and submit a proposal for 100 FPOs linked to dairy farmers.

The matter got here up for dialogue within the N-PMAFSC once more on June 10, 2021. The Agriculture Secretary requested the DAHD to revise the proposal such that it centred round fodder. NDDB, the proposed implementing company, was requested to submit the revised proposal via the DAHD instantly in order that the Division of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare might “notify NDDB as an implementing company for the Fodder plus mannequin on the earliest.”

Subsequent day, the Union Agriculture Ministry did obtain a revised proposal for formation of 100 Fodder Plus FPOs. The proposed Fodder Plus Mannequin of FPOs protecting fodder and dairy actions on industrial foundation shall create a reference for different conventional FPOs to take up fodder improvement on a industrial foundation, it mentioned. The concept was to create a self-sustaining village stage mannequin for augmenting farmer earnings.

Beneath the federal government’s FPO scheme, monetary assist is supplied to FPOs in three alternative ways: first, administration value of Rs 18 per FPO; a most Rs 15 lakh fairness grant per FPO; and a credit score assure cowl per FPO for initiatives the place the utmost mortgage doesn’t exceed Rs 2 crore.

On August 19, 2021 — two months after the MoFAHD despatched the revised proposal to the Agriculture Ministry — the ministry knowledgeable MoFAHD that the proposal was in an “advance stage”. Since then, a number of letters at completely different ranges have been written by the MoFAHD to the Agriculture Ministry with little progress, authorities sources mentioned. The newest such letter was written to Agriculture Secretary Manoj Ahuja by the then Animal Husbandry Secretary Atul Chaturvedi on July 13, 2022. An e mail in search of Ahuja’s response remained unanswered.

In line with a report by the Union Agriculture Ministry, fodder crops accounted for simply 3.3 per cent of the gross cropped space throughout 1950-51, which has elevated marginally to 4.6 per cent in 2014-15. It has remained kind of stagnant since 1990-91, through which fodder crops accounted for 4.5 per cent of gross cropped space.
The fodder scarcity has additionally been flagged by the Members of Parliament and the Parliamentary standing committees sometimes. Within the Seventeenth Lok Sabha, a number of members have requested questions on fodder “scarcity” or “shortage” to the federal government a minimum of on 4 events: July 26, 2022, November 30, 2021, March 3, 202 and February 2, 2020.

In a written reply to a query requested by Tholkappiyan Thirumavalavan of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) on November 30, 2021, Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala acknowledged the scarcity of fodder and mentioned it could “have an effect on the milk manufacturing”.

“The Thirty Fourth Report on Standing Committee on Agriculture has estimated that the nation has 530 million tons, 880 million tons and 96 million tons requirement of dry fodder, inexperienced fodder and focus, within the 12 months 2020 towards the supply of 408 million tons, 596 million tons and 61 million tons having a deficit of 23 per cent dry fodder, 32 per cent inexperienced fodder and 36 per cent focus, on dry matter foundation. By the 12 months 2025, the deficit of dry fodder, inexperienced fodder and focus can be 23%, 40 per cent and 38 per cent, respectively,” it mentioned.

Source : Colors of India 4th Oct 2022