On Thursday, two fodder machines were formally inaugurated by Siddhalinga Swami of Tontadarya Math.
The machines can produce 100 kg of grass by using 14 kg of seeds put into it. They can produce fodder in a matter of weeks. Siddhalinga Swami, the former Minister H.K. Patil and with the former MLA D.R. Patil inspected the product produced through the fodder machines.
Laxman Hiregoudar, KVK director, said the technology was not new and had been tested and used successfully in States such as Haryana and Gujarat.
He said the fodder produced by the machines was not different from fodder grown on fields. Since there was no soil involved in the cultivation process, cattle could even feed on the roots, he added. He said that in the coming days, KVK would experiment on how the machine could be used for purposes other than simply producing fodder. “While fodder is not a problem in areas with irrigation facility, it is a problem in arid lands dependent on rainfall. Such machines could be of great help to farmers, especially during dry days,” he added.