GUIDELINES FOR FODDER PRODUCTION AND  FODDER MANAGEMENT UNDER DROUGHT RELIEF MEASURES 2010

  • Fodder production:-  Though the advance action has already been taken for production of fodder under various resources with the funds made available so far. As per the action plans submitted, still there is urgent need to bring more area under fodder production to bridge the gap and to make available fodder locally. For this there is immediate need to form a committee at district level comprising   of Agriculture, Irrigation, Panchayat Raj, A.P. Transco department under the instructions of District Collector concerned, to assessand take steps to bring more area under fodder cultivation immediately under assured water resources by supply of fodder seeds on 75% subsidy to make available required fodder locally at a low cost apart from taking up necessary steps for promotion of tank bed cultivation of fodder through communities by supply of fodder seed on 100% subsidy under the instructions of District Collector concerned.  Further the committee shall take action to,
  • Identify the land where crops are not cultivated so as to take up fodder cultivation with the available moisture under irrigation facilities canals etc.
  • Discuss with the concerned Joint Director (Agril.), to include fodder production in Agriculture contingency plans as fodder production is given priority.  Fodder crops should form major component in tail end command and tank bed areas, as fodder shortage could pose a serious problem in the severely affected mandals.
  • Organize Mandal level meetings along with other departments regarding the remedial measures to combat the drought situation.
  • Estimate and encourage farmers to preserve Paddy straw harvested in Rabi season in excess Mandals.  Request the District Collector to give instructions to the all District check posts not to allow movement of paddy straw/jowar straw/kutti (chaffed jowar straw) from deficient districts to other districts.
  • Identify the severely affected Mandals and start the drought relief measures on priority basis and concentrate efforts on mitigation of fodder shortage at local level.
  • Constantly be in touch with the District Collector and transmit necessary information on the drought situation.

Identifications of Farmers.

  • Collect the Village-wise list of Small and Marginal Farmers from the Revenue Department in the drought declared Mandals along with the livestock owned by the   them to enable to provide relief effectively.
  • Identify on priority small and Marginal Farmers having assured source of irrigation like Bore-wells and open wells etc with the help of Revenue / Agriculture Department and encourage such farmers to take up cultivation of fodder.
  • Agriculture, Revenue Departments in consultation with Irrigation Department need to motivate the farmers for taking up fodder cultivation in a contiguous block in canal Ayacut of assured water supply to facilitate monitoring and procurement of fodder in an effective manner, to utilize in deficit  areas  .

Procurement and Distribution of  Fodder Seed:

  • Fodder Seed requirements of each Mandal, Village-wise should be assessed to take up fodder cultivation with the available moisture and available irrigation facilities and supply fodder seed on 75% subsidy. on a war footing basis
  • Each identified beneficiary can be supplied fodder seed sufficient for ½ to 1 acre of land depending on the Livestock owned. 
  • Drinking  Water to Livestock:
  • Identify Villages with drinking water scarcity for Livestock and organize drinking water facilities with the help of local Sarpanch and District Revenue Administration
  • To take immediate steps for repair and maintenance of existing water troughs constructed already during the drought 2002-03 by RWS/ PR department officials with the instructions of District Collectors.
  • Assess the constructions of new water troughs in the critical villages for provision of drinking water to bovines and also for small ruminants  
  • Monitoring Distress Sale of Livestock:
  • Issue necessary instructions to all the Departmental Officers to visit all Shandies and assess nature of livestock sales to ascertain whether distress sales are due to drought.
  • Necessary instructions may be communicated to Panchayat Raj bodies/Marketing department through the district collectors to monitor the movement of livestock in the shandies to avoid distress sale.
  • Monitor movement of livestock every day to other states / places at all check posts (Marketing, Agriculture/Forest/Commercial tax/Transport) by issue of necessary instructions to the above departments by the district collectors concerned.
  • ORGANISATION OF CATTLE CAMPS:
  • To meet  eventualities in case of prolonged severe drought,.  Places should be identified where water and shelter facilities are available for organization of cattle camps.
  •  Keep the list ready where water and shelter facilities are available for organization of cattle camps.
  • Assess the   livestock population to be covered. Fodder required, period of camps, and other logistics.

Assessment of Fodder availability:

  • Shall take immediate  steps   for immediate assessment of fodder availability in surplus areas of the districts
  • If the assessment on requirement of fodder organization of cattle camps is high, shall identify the surplus fodder areas/places in the neighboring districts/surplus districts. They shall be in close liaison with the Joint Directors of Animal Husbandry of Surplus Districts .
  • The Joint Directors of surplus districts   shall coordinate this activities on identification of surplus places, quantities and fixation of price through a committee constituted by  District Collector .They shall coordinate  with the needy districts or as required.
  • District level committee may be formed under the chairmanship of the District collector involving the officials of Revenue. Transport, Police, Panchayat Raj, Agriculture etc. for fixation of price  for procurement of fodder, transport  of fodder  and organization of cattle camps .
  • Similar committees may be formed at divisional level ,Mandal level and village level for proper coordinatioin and implementation of drought relief measures.
  • Fodder transportation Plan by road / rail may be kept ready by fixation of transport  price of fodder per Kilo Meter in consultation  with RTA, on assessment of fodder availability with in the district or from out side  district as the case may be.
Health Coverage:

          Necessary Vaccine requirements should also assessed for the next 3 months.  Open vaccine Depots at the strategic points in the affected Mandals to keep vaccine in stock to meet emergency of out break. The emergency medicines may also be kept ready.

VI.    Publicity:

  • To educate farmers for management and feeding of livestock during drought ,  necessary literature in shape of pamphlets or booklets printed in Telugu should  be distributed free of cost and also got approved by the District Collectors The  expenditure shall be   met from the drought funds provided.
  • All the Joint Directors can also convey the message on drought situation on Radio or T.V.  and can also utilize the services of District Agricultural Training Centre(DAT)  to spread messages of fodder cultivation in  all villages.
  • They shall attend to adverse press reports on the ongoing drought related activities and shall take immediate necessary action for issue of rejoinder and the same may be intimated to Head Office by Fax.

 VII. Monitoring:

  • Emergency drought monitoring cells are to be established Immediately  in all Joint Directors(AH) Office with a technical personal Incharge and communicate the  name and phone number of the individual to drought cell in Head Office .
  • They are requested to utilize the funds for the purpose for which it is sanctioned and send weekly report on Drought Relief Measures under taken in respective District on financial and physical achievements to the Head Office by every Saturday evening without fail and kept in mail address adfarms[at]gmail(dot)com.
  • Departmental Officers are informed that the Director of Animal Husbandry,   Additional Directors of Incharge of concerned Districts may make surprise visit to the Institution to check up drought relief measures. They shall monitor all the inputs promptly.
  • The amounts released shall be utilized   for the purpose for which it is released without any deviations.
  • Contingencies like handling, local transportation charges other logistics if any to be met from drought funds with the approval of collector concerned.
  • Fodder Seed, sowing of fodder plots, should be verified by the concerned officers Village-wise in their respective jurisdiction. 
  • The Joint Directors and Divisional Assistant Directors / other nominated Assistant Directors should inspect stock registers, Fodder Plots and give wide publicity about Fodder production.
  • They shall conduct regular review meetings with field functionaries on preparedness and keep them alert on preparedness and implementation of all drought related activities in their districts for the benefit of farmers.
  • For correspondence on drought related matters, the following are the  contact numbers of  the  officers in the Directorate of Animal Husbandry, A.P., Hyderabad:

1.

Additional Director (Production)

9989998047

2.

Joint Director (Technical)

9989998045

3.

Assistant Director (Farms)

9989998073

4.

Drought Monitoring Cell

9989932744

NORMS OF ASSISTANCE FROM THE CALAMITY RELIEF FUND (CRF) AND THE NATIONAL CALAMITY CONTINGENCY FUND (NCCF):

Assistance to small and marginal farmers/agricultural labourers:

(i). Replacement of draught animals, milch animals or animals used for haulage

Milch Animal

  • Buffalos/cow/camel / yak etc @ Rs.10,000/-
  • Sheep / Goat @ Rs.1000/-

Draught Animals:

  • Camel/horse/bullock etc. @ Rs.10,000/-
  • Calf, Donkey and Pony @ Rs.5000/-

The assistance may be restricted for the actual loss of economically productive animals and will be subject to a ceiling of 1 large animal or 4 small milch animals or 1 large draught animal or 2 small draught animals per household irrespective of whether a household has lost a larger number of animals. (The loss is to e certified by the Competent Authority designated by the State Government).

Poultry:

Poultry @ Rs.30/- per bird subject to a ceiling of assistance of Rs.300/- per beneficiary household.  The death of the poultry birds should be on account of the notified natural calamity.

Note: Relief under these norms is not eligible if the assistance is available from any other Government Scheme, e.g. loss of birds due to Avian Influenza or any  other diseases for which the Department of Animal Husbandry has a separate scheme for compensating the poultry owners.

(ii). Provision of fodder / feed concentrate in the cattle camps:

      • Large animals – Rs. 20/- per day
      • Small animals – Rs.10/- per day

Period for providing assistance:

i). Notified Calamities other than drought:  Up to a maximum period of 15 days

ii).  Drought: Up to 60 days and in case of severe drought up to 90 days.  In case the drought situation persists beyond 90 days, the State Level Committee shall, after a detailed review, decide the further period for which relief can be provided from NCCF, on a month to month basis, co terminus with the actual period of scarcity / onset of rains.

iii). Water supply in cattle camps: to be assessed by the State Level Committee for assistance to be provided from CRF and by the Central Team for assistance to be provided from NCCF.

iv). Additional cost of medicines and vaccine (calamity related requirement): to be assessed by the State Level Committee for assistance to be provided from CRF and by the Central Team for assistance to be provided from NCCF.

v). Supply of fodder outside the cattle camps: Additional expenditure on transport of fodder from the approved fodder depot to neutralize calamity related price rise to be provided under CRF and as per the assessment of Central Team for assistance to be provided under NCCF.

vi). Movement of useful cattle to other areas: to be assessed by the State Level Committee for assistance to be provided from CRF and by the Central Team for assistance to be provided from NCCF.