Skill based awareness training Programme on “Feeding Management of Lactating Cows” and Distribution of inputs to women dairy farmers of dairy cooperative societies at Banamalipur, Niali

ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar organised an awareness training programme on “Feeding Management of Lactating Cows” on 08.06.2022 at Banamalipur village in Niali block of Cuttack district, Odisha under Institute project “Assessment of Role of Organised Dairy Sector on Livelihood of Women”. Dr. Arpita Mohapatra, Scientist highlighted the important strategies for profitable dairy farming. She discussed about the importance of record keeping for successful dairying. Dr. Biswanath Sahoo discussed the nutritional strategies to improve dairy cow production. He also gave a blue print on formulation of balanced ration from locally available resources to the women dairy farmers. He emphasized the significance of fodder cultivation for cost-effective dairying. Dr. Mrutunjaya Beura, Block Veterinary Office of Niali block highlighted the common metabolic diseases of high yielding cows and how a woman can identify the condition and promptly do the first aid treatment with commonly available cooking ingredients. About 40 dairy farmers participated in this training programme. These women dairy farmers were members of Women Dairy Cooperative Society (WDCS) and Milk Producers Cooperative Society (MPCS). After the training programme fodder root slips were distributed to each of the women dairy farmers and were encouraged to initiate fodder framing on a small scale. The programme was organised as a part of Bharat ka Amrit Mahostav to commemorate 75 years of India’s independence.