Effectively use livestock waste to avoid any possible environmental problem: Tomar

Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare (Photo courtesy of IDF Twitter)

The central government of India has warned that there might be an environmental problem and impact on human beings and to avoid such a situation, proper utilization of livestock waste is essential.

Giving a warning during a session on ‘food, food and waste’, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said there was an urgent need to step up a campaign for the efficient use of animal waste as the unfavorable environment could make feed for dairy cattle a shortage and human beings will have to bear the brunt of it.

“Availability of fodder may be a challenge in the future; we should deliberate on how to avoid this. We must work to find solutions to the challenges of the sector and many, including start-ups and cooperatives, are working on this. We need to ensure that our cattle get the food, because proper feeding will improve milk production, thus improving milk production. Tomar added.

During the session, Tomar said that we don’t usually dispose of waste properly. Whether it’s crop stubble or disposing of fruit and vegetable waste in homes, converting it into wealth is the need of the hour.

It is necessary to reflect and work on how we can use waste in different ways. He also pointed out that natural and organic farming are a few ways to use waste for agriculture and could help save the environment. Tomar informed participants that the PUSA Institute has developed a decomposer that is used on farms that are also used to feed cattle.

Participating in the session, Varsha Joshi, Additional Secretary, Cattle and Dairy Products, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy, Government of India, highlighted the efforts undertaken by the government, aimed at improving the availability fodder as part of the National Livestock Mission.

Joshi informed us that the Livestock Department has always worked in tandem with NDDB. “The ministry and NDDB have set up a new biogas plant in Ramnagar where the dairy plant will run on biogas. We plan to replicate it nationwide,” Joshi said.

The session – Food, Food and Waste – was organized on the third day of the IDF World Dairy Summit 2022. Manager Dairy, Trouw Nutrition, Netherlands, Dr Chetan Arun Narake, Director, Gokul Milk Cooperative, Kolhapur and Niranjan Karade, Team Leader (IPM Cell), NDDB.

First published: September 15, 2022, 11:08 a.m. IST

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