An article from Next Big Futures on the benefits of fodder for sale.
Public fodder for the farmers is a commodity with a significant market in India and around the world, but what happens to it when farmers get sick?
And what happens if the farmer dies of it?
That is what the government is facing in the country’s drought-hit states, and now it is trying to tackle this issue through the introduction of a national fodder procurement scheme.
The government is also setting up a National Food Security Committee (NFSC) to be headed by the minister of state for food processing and marketing, who is also the minister for rural development.
“The committee will work on the fodder procurement and storage, which will be done through a public-private partnership (PPP) model,” said a government official.
The NFSC is the first government body that can directly address the public’s needs in agriculture, the official said.
“It will be a forum to talk to farmers about how to increase the yield of their fields, and also to ensure that the prices of crops are high and they are distributed in a way that is efficient,” the official added.
The scheme will also provide fodder to the farmers, the minister added.
The farmers will also get the right to take part in the national and state allocation of fodder.
The minister said that the government will also set up an office in the National Food Authority (NFA) to help farmers procure fodder, and to provide advice to the government on how to make it more efficient.
The idea is to encourage farmers to use the extra cash they have saved from selling off fodder in lieu of their traditional crop farming, the government official added, but the NFSA is not the only agency that is being asked to help the farmers.
The National Rural Cooperative Council (NRCC) has been tasked with working with farmers to increase their yield by raising grass for fodder, which is used in many crops, including rice and wheat.
“We have been working with the farmers for a long time, but now the NFA is being entrusted with this task,” said NRCC Chairman and CEO, R K Sharma.
He said that he hoped the NFUC would also help to provide fodder for other agricultural purposes.
“But, the farmers are demanding more from us,” he said.
The plan for public fodder is likely to be one of the first major changes in the state government’s farm management plan for the next five years, said a senior official of the Centre for Monitoring Agriculture and Climate Change (CAMC), which is monitoring the situation in the drought-stricken states.
The drought is not going away anytime soon, but farmers are getting used to the inconvenience, and the government needs to keep in mind that it can not just provide fodder, but also to help them to cope with the consequences of the drought, the officials said.
“In the last two years, the prices for fodder have gone up by a huge amount.
This will affect the farmers,” said the official.