“Kerala will provide year-round subsidies to dairy farmers,” says Livestock Minister
As Kerala continues to pay farmers the highest milk price in the country, any further increase in market rates will jeopardize the influx of cheap dairy products. However, the government is aware that farmers’ income from the sale of milk does not cover the cost of raising cattle.
As a result, the administration has decided to provide subsidies to farmers by working with the animal husbandry and dairy development departments, as well as with Milma and local self-government institutions, the minister told a seminar organized by Kerala Feeds Ltd (KFL) in Thrissur.
“We have made arrangements for the subsidies to flow directly into the farmers’ bank accounts,” she said during the opening session of the symposium on “Livestock feed: quality, price and availability”.
Noting that the lack of maize as a key raw material for livestock feed has been a persistent operational problem for the public sector KFL, Chinchurani said efforts have begun to grow the grain on a large scale in the state.
“KFL has expressed its willingness to buy any amount of maize,” she added, revealing that a delegation of scientists from top institutions in the country will arrive in Kerala this weekend to help put the plan in place. in action.
According to the minister, women who look after cattle in the livestock department will be paid more from next month for their efforts to sell more KFL products to dairy farmers.
The PSU trains employees to provide the necessary skills. Farmers can obtain loans of up to 20,000 rupees by using the Kisan credit card to purchase a cow. According to her, the innovative scheme enables them to avail collateral free loans of up to Rs 1.60 lakh at 4% interest.
In addition, each block in the state will have a veterinary ambulance and there will be a district-level theater of operations for livestock, as well as tele-vet units with X-ray capabilities. Pathanamthitta district will pilot an innovative program by introducing a nanochip which will provide all relevant livestock information, according to the minister.
KFL chairman K Sreekumar said runaway commodity price hikes were threatening the financial security of the company, which was founded in 1999. The government is expected to enact legislation to regulate feed prices.
B Sreekumar, managing director of KFL, said the government’s position has been to sell the PSU’s 50kg bags of animal feed at Rs 160 less than private competitors. He also welcomed the government’s decision to include fodder promoters and female cattle farmers in promoting sales of KFL’s products during routine interactions with dairy farmers.
First published: May 29, 2022, 11:21 a.m. IST