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Training in azolla cultivation

Farmers being trained in azolla cultivationat Veterinary College and Research Institutein Tirunelveli.

Farmers being trained in azolla cultivationat Veterinary College and Research Institutein Tirunelveli.  

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A training programme on azolla cultivation for the benefit of dairy farmers was conducted at Veterinary College and Research Institute here on Monday.

Though dairy farming is a sustainable income generation activity for the farmers, availability of green fodder has become so difficult in the recent past. When a field survey was recently conducted among the dairy farmers of the district, it was found that the level of green fodder production was low and the feeding cost for concentrate was high for the milch animals.

To overcome these problems, the farmers were trained by Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Veterinary College and Research Institute, in cultivating ‘azolla’, a protein-rich floating fern under the NABARD-funded scheme on ‘Popularization of azolla as low-cost supplemental cattle feed among the dairy farmers of Tirunelveli district’.

Members of the NABARD Farmers’ Club in Maanur, Radhapuram, Alangulam, Tenkasi, Nanguneri, Palayamkottai, Cheranmahadevi, Melaneelithanallur, Keezhapaavoor areas in the district were selected as beneficiaries of the training programme. Classes on importance of feeding management in dairying, fodder varieties, azolla as low-cost feed supplement in cattle feed, disease management in dairy cattle and method demonstration on azolla cultivation were conducted.

S. Prathaban, Dean, Veterinary College and Research Institute, delivered the presidential address and distributed the inputs Azolla Inoculum to the beneficiaries to be grown in their farms.

S. Senthilkumar, Principal Investigator of the scheme and Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Veterinary College and Research Institute, explained the modus operandi of the scheme to the beneficiaries.

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