CAZRI de­vel­ops new ‘healthy’ fod­der crop

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htrajasthan - Di­nesh Bothra htraj@hin­dus­tan­

Avail­abil­ity of fod­der, es­pe­cially green fod­der, is a ma­jor con­cern in arid re­gions. To make up for this short­age, the Cen­tral Arid Zone Re­search In­sti­tute (CAZRI), Jodh­pur, has come up with a new fod­der crop called ‘fod­der beet’.

The crop has shown a po­ten­tial of pro­duc­ing 600 quin­tal per hectare green biomass in a span of four months, that too, dur­ing sec­ond fort­night of Jan­uary to April, when there is a mea­gre avail­abil­ity of other fod­der crops.

The crop is sown be­tween Oc­to­ber 15 and Novem­ber 15. The merit of this crop lies in that this can be grown with poor qual­ity of


water. The cost of pro­duc­tion is hardly one ru­pee per kilo­gram of biomass pro­duced.

“Fod­der beet has been suc­cess­fully tested on field in Jodh­pur, Pali, Na­gaur and Barmer dis­trict of Western Ra­jasthan,” said Dr SPS Tan­war, prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor of the project.

CAZRI di­rec­tor Dr OP Ya­dav said that the crop has a po­ten­tial to boost the dairy in­dus­try in western Ra­jasthan, for which, sup­port of state agri­cul­ture and an­i­mal hus­bandry de­part­ments and other stake­hold­ers is needed.

In­sti­tute Vet­eri­nar­ian Dr Sub­hash Kach­h­waha con­firmed its ex­cel­lent feed value be­ing rich in en­ergy, min­er­als and vi­ta­mins that can im­prove health and pro­duc­tion of dairy an­i­mals in western Ra­jasthan.


Fod­der beet (right) which has been de­vel­oped by CAZRI.

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