Punjab to supply its extra paddy straw to Kerala for animal fodder.
Punjab Animal Husbandry Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar informed his Kerala colleague that the state would receive paddy straw for livestock fodder. He claimed that the action will assist Punjab in dealing with extra paddy straw.
According to a state government release, Kerala Animal Husbandry Minister J Chinchurani, who was leading a 21-member team here, said dairying is the key livelihood activity in Kerala and the primary source of income for lakhs of dairy farmers.
Kerala is second in milk output after Punjab, she says, adding that the high cost of feeding cows has harmed the dairy sector’s economic sustainability in recent years.
Kerala, as a land-stressed coastal state, does not produce enough roughage for cattle fodder, she claims.
‘If the unneeded and undesirable paddy straw is delivered to Kerala utilizing the Union government’s Kisan rail project, it will benefit a huge number of dairy farmers in our state,’ Chinchurani added.
Bhullar described the effort as a ‘win-win situation’ for both states, saying that the Bhagwant Mann government is ready for all possible assistance in the area and that the remaining specifics of the deal will be worked out in due course.