NAMSAI, 24 Dec: NABARD DDM Kamal Roy launched an ‘Azolla-based livelihood enterprise and growth programme (LEDP)’ right here on Thursday within the presence of ArSRLM employees, the Mahadevpur Livestock FPO, SHGs promoted by the ArSRLM, and members of the Namsai Natural Spices and Agricultural Merchandise (NOSAAP) Farmers-Producers Firm (FPC).
“The undertaking will give attention to talent growth coaching on cultivation of azolla and its worth addition to 150 chosen members of SHGs and livestock FPO members,” Roy knowledgeable in a launch.
The undertaking is being carried out by the NOSAAP FPC in collaboration with the ArSRLM and the Namsai KVK.
Azolla is a freshwater fern that thrives in ponds, lakes, swamps, and streams in each tropical and subtropical circumstances. It may be fed to livestock in each contemporary and dried type.
“Enabling SHG members to take up revenue producing exercise for livelihood includes intensive coaching and handholding on varied facets, together with understanding market, potential mapping and in the end fine-tuning expertise and entrepreneurship to handle the enterprise,” Roy mentioned.
NOSAAP CEO Chau Athina Chauhai highlighted “the strategic significance of azolla and its business worth for poultry and different livestock growers,” whereas the CEO of Mahadevpur Livestock FPO, Ritupon Deori highlighted the issues confronted by the poultry farmers, reminiscent of low manufacturing of eggs and fewer effectivity of the hatchery models “because of consumption of low-quality feed by the chicks.” He expressed hope that azolla-based feed would resolve the problems confronted by the farmers.
Dr Homseng Chowlu, who has a PhD in livestock administration, was the useful resource one that defined step-by-step the tactic of cultivating azolla, its administration, worth addition and feeding methodology.
“The general goal of the LEDP is to supply the poultry farmers with self-sustainable high quality feed together with business manufacturing of feed which might be branded by the NOSAAP Co Ltd,” Roy mentioned.
“An indication unit may also be established, the place the farmers might be educated and its significance could be expanded to different components of the area,” he added.