Karnal: The first scientific dairy farming training programme organised for 30 members of different dairy cooperative societies from Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh concluded here at the Dairy Training Centre (DTC) on Saturday. The State Cooperative Milk Producers’ Federation Ltd, Shimla, is sponsoring the series of five training programmes to be organised in the area of scientific dairy farming to train 150 members of different dairy cooperative societies from the state at the National Dairy Research Institute NDRI).
NDRI director Dr Sushil Kumar said scientific dairying could provide more income and additional employment through improved milk production besides nutritional food to people in the rural areas of Hamirpur. He stressed that various technologies developed at this institute in different areas of dairy production needed to be adopted for increased milk production in the Hamirpur district, which would lead to faster socio-economic change in the rural areas.
Dr Dalip K Gosain, head of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and DTC of NDRI while addressing the concluding function of the first programme, stressed that the trainees should share the learnt dairy production technologies amongst the other members of the cooperative societies of their area so that they could also benefit. This group of 22 dairy farmers and eight farm women were provided intensive training in animal feeding, breeding, health care and management, besides being shown the elite herd of cattle and buffaloes at the institute’s cattle yard, he added.
While interacting with the trainees, Dr Gosain found that all members of this group were mainly engaged in rearing buffaloes with poor milk production, and only four trainees had local breed of cattle and two were having cross-bred cattle. Interestingly, he observed, that none of them had adopted artificial insemination in breeding of buffaloes.
He further found that the milk collection at the Ekta Milk Cooperative Society in village Nalti at Jangal Ropa was around 40 litres per day and milk collection was around 50 litres per day from the 90 members of Mahila Pragti Dugdh Utpadak Society. The milk collection at the Jalari milk-chilling centre was to the tune of 400 litres per day, he observed.
Dr Amrish Tayagi, Dr AK Dang, Dr Satyapal, Sushil Kamboj, Saroj Mehta, DR Sukhija and Brij Kishore interacted with the trainees on different aspects of scientific dairy farming under hilly situation.
Ram Singh, in-charge of milk-chilling center, Jalari, Kartar Singh of village Ropa, Ramesh Sharma of village Jiana and Rasula Begum of village Masana Bahal, all secretaries of different milk cooperatives in the district told that they would share the learnt technologies amongst that members of their dairy cooperative societies.