Kerala Government mulls bill to ensure quality of cattle feed

October 2, 2021

Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is planning to bring in legislation to ensure the quality of cattle feed sold in the state with in-built regulatory mechanisms, said minister for animal husbandry and dairy development J Chinchurani.
While launching the Milma Gomathi gold cattle feed gift coupon scheme, which offers benefits worth more than Rs 3 crore for dairy farmers, at Milma Bhavan here, the minister said the government is also mulling to come out with a project for producing the ingredients of cattle feed in the state which would ensure high quality cattle feed at affordable prices for dairy farmers.

“Through the proposed bill, we are planning to implement a quality control regime to ensure the standard of cattle feed and supply of it to farmers,” Chinchurani said.

“The frequent rise in prices of cattle feed is a burden on farmers. We are unable to produce sufficient quantities of cattle feed here due to non-availability of ingredients. Now the government is looking into the possibilities of producing the ingredients within the state itself to address the issue. We have to reduce the input cost to attract more farmers to the dairy sector. Also, more projects aimed at the welfare of farmers need to be drawn up,” she said. On the occasion, the minister handed over the model gift coupon to Milma chairman K S Mani. He said the gift coupon scheme was launched as part of Milma’s promotional activities to support the hard-pressed farmers as it will help them reduce the production cost.

With each sack of Milma gold cattle feed, the dairy farmers will get a gift coupon worth Rs 250, which can be used for buying Milma’s milk products and Milmamin mineral mixture. Under this scheme, Milma is planning to sell more than Rs 3 crore-worth products and Milmamin to dairy farmers through milk cooperative societies across Kerala.

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