FORAGE PRODUCTION

Department of Sheep Husbandry Kashmir has a separate wing of Agriculture meant for fodder development out of its own resources to meet the requirement of the departmental livestock at various Sheep Breeding Farms. Moreover, the department is also engaged for improving the fodder production of the farmers associated with sheep & goat rearing. In this regard many initiatives have been taken in the past under various centrally sponsored schemes like RKVY, ATMA, NLM and Feed & Fodder development. Various inputs have been provided to the farmers which include distribution of quality seed kits like Red Clover, Annual/Perennial Rye Grass, Tall Fescue, White Clover, Hybrid Oats, Berseem etc. and provision of machinery like chaff cutters, brush cutters on subsidized rates.
   During the past few years the department has distributed Seed mini Kits & Chaff Cutters (Hand/Power driven) to various beneficiaries.
   The department has a total land availability of 3,000 Kanals for fodder production and efforts are on to reclaim more and more areas for fodder production to meet the requirement of departmental farm animals. Since the stall feeding of farm animals extends from 15th November to 15th April, the department has to spend a large amount of budget on feed & fodder requirement of livestock and the department makes all efforts through its Agriculture Section to achieve self-sufficiency in the fodder requirements. On an average an adult farm sheep requires 2.25 quintals of fodder during stall feeding and on an average the department requires 9,000-10,000 quintals of fodder annually. The department is marching towards self-sufficiency as regards the production of quality fodder. Presently the department grows the Rabi crops of Oats and Rye Grass on about 2000 kanals and Kharief Crops of M.P Charri (Sorghum) on the same area of land and perennial crops of Rye grass & Clovers on about 1000 kanals of land.

   The annual production of fodder grasses of the department currently is about 8000 quintals. The major fodder production stations of the department are as follows:-
 

S.No

Name of the Farm/Location

Location

Land put to Cultivation under

Annual crop (Kanals)

Land put to Cultivation under

Perennial crop             (Kanals)

Total land under cultivation

(Annual+Perennial)

 (Kanals)

1.

SBF Daksum

Anantnag

-

400

400

2.

SBF Goabal

Ganderbal

200

-

200

3.

SBF Kralpathri

Budgam

-

242

242

4.

SBF Zawoora

Pulwama

800

-

800

5.

SBF Kewa

Kulgam

32

200

232

6.

SBF Poshnar

Kupwara

700

-

700

7.

SBF Hardshiva

Baramulla

70

-

70

8.

ARF Wussan

Baramulla

35

50

85

9.

GF Arindardpora

Bandipora

70

-

70

10.

Fodder station  Kunan

Bandipora

10

-

10

11.

FF Topper

Baramulla

130

-

130

12.

FF Rambirpora

Anatnag

90

-

90

13.

Fodder station Zakura

Srinagar

25

-

25

14.

Fodder station Lar

Ganderbal

25

-

25

15.

Fodder Station Haknar

Ganderbal

-

28

28

16.

Fodder Station Rankipora

Budgam

32.60

-

32.60

17.

FF wanihama

Ganderbal

205

-

205

18.

FS Ganeshpora/ Vailoo/ YKPora

Anantnag

40

 

40

 

 

Total

2464.60

920.00

3384.60

 

⁕ Staff associated with Agriculture Section: - The Agriculture staff associated with different agricultural/fodder development activities mainly comprise of Deputy Director Feed & Fodder, Agriculture Field Assistants, Agriculture Supervisors, Rakh overseer, Field men etc.


Tractorization/Tilling of the land is done exclusively by three departmental tractors.


⁕Hay Production for the year 2019-20:- Total hay production for the year 2019-20 is 7559.44 quintals.