Milk production in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan is set to improve with a new initiative for distribution of grass roots of superior varieties of green fodder, which will provide nourishment to the cattle. These varieties will be grown on a large scale for the first time in the State.
The grass of Napier and Guinea varieties, brought from the Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi, provides the fodder throughout the year and can be harvested seven to eight times in a year.
Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation, working for socio-economic development of the rural populace in Bharatpur district for the past two decades, has brought in 50,000 grass roots of Napier and Guinea for distribution among farmers free of cost. Growing of grass in about half bigha of land can yield enough green fodder for four to five livestock throughout the year.
Lupin Foundation Executive Director Sita Ram Gupta said here on Sunday that Napier and Guinea grasses begin producing fodder in about two months of sowing. The grass can be cut and gathered in every 20 days and used as fodder.