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National Group Meet Rabi 2019-20 to be organized during August 30-31 at Central Agricultural University Imphal (Manipur)

All India Coordinated Research Project on Forage Crops and Utilization

IGFRI, Jhansi – 284003

 

The AICRP on Forage Crops, established in 1970, is a multi-disciplinary multi-location scheme envisaged for improvement in forages (arable rainfed and irrigated forage crops, range grasses and legumes) and generation of appropriate technology for boosting forage production in diverse agro-ecological regions of the country.  The research is conducted through 22 Coordinated Centers (and Cooperating Testing locations) located all over country.

Forage crop possesses certain unique problems different from the food and horticultural crops. Forage crops are usually area, region and season specific.

There is a wide gap in demand and supply for feed concentrates looking to the actual requirement of livestock. The regional and seasonal deficits are more important than the national deficit in case of forage as it is not economical to transport them over long distances. It appears that out of 55 micro-region of country; only 12 regions have surplus fodder, while the remaining 43 have deficits of some or the other kind.

To increase milk production from nearly 108 million tonnes at present to 160 million tonnes by 2020, the demands will be to the tune of 520, 850 and 90 million tonnes in respect of dry fodder, green fodder and concentrates. There is a wide gap in demand and supply for feed concentrates looking to the actual requirement of livestock.

 

Major Research Programmes:

  • Exploration, collection, creation of variability through biotechnological means and other pre-breeding activities with aim to broaden genetic base in forage species.
  • Development of varieties of key forage crops and also species having potential for multi-cut, and dual purpose types with acceptable quality.
  • Development of appropriate forage production and protection technologies in system perspective for intensive agriculture and intercropping systems.
  • Forage crop popularization through HRD and field demonstrations in different agro-climatic regions.
  • Provide backup for quality forage seed availability through production of nucleus and breeder seed.

 

For details please contact

Project Coordinator

All India Coordinated Research Project on Forage Crops and Utilization

Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi – 284003 (U P)

Phone: 0510-2730029

Fax: 0510-2730029

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