Crop protection tips for farmers in Pench buffer Nagpur News – Times of India

Nagpur: At a time when cases of harvesting of crops and livestock are on the rise in the state, living in rural areas. Pench Tiger ReserveMaharashtra was given a lesson to get rid of this problem.
In association with Satpura Foundation, an NGO working with communities Krishi Vigyan KendraDudhbardi (Kalmeshwar) and Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Ramtek had organized a one day session for the stakeholders in the buffer zone of Pench.
The objective of the session is to provide information about livestock management, disease prevention, treatment and discussions on issues such as harvesting of livestock by wildlife. Dr. Ashwini Gadde, Livestock Development Officer (LDO) of Ramtek Panchayat Samiti provided information regarding stall feeding of milch animals.
Gadhade explained the construction and design of Gaushalas and stressed on the importance of regular cleaning of Gaushalas to prevent diseases and infections. “By adopting stall feeding and building better gaushalas, villagers can improve milk production, prevent diseases and avoid the possibility of animal erosion by wildlife,” she said.
Dr Preeti Sirsat, LDO, Hiwara explained about various diseases and symptoms. He also provided information about low cost home remedies that villagers can adopt apart from medical assistance from government veterinarians.
Tushar Meshram (Agriculture Extension) and Amol Harne (Crop Protection), both subject experts from Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dudhbardi, gave information about the different types of fodder that can be cultivated by the farmers.
He provided solution on the shortage of fodder. Meshram also explained climate change and its impact on the availability of fodder. He further explained that the cultivation and management of fodder can help the villagers to improve milk production and get better financial returns.
Mandar Pingle, Assistant Director, Satpura Foundation, spoke about the dangers of grazing animals inside forests and wildlife habitats. He said that there is always a struggle between domestic animals and wildlife for resources like water and fodder.
“Increased interactions between domestic cattle and wild animals lead to the spread of zoonotic diseases, which is harmful to both. Zoonotic diseases can affect the human population as well,” he said.
Pingle asked the farmers to take advantage of the compensation schemes being implemented by the Maharashtra Forest Department and urged the villagers to stay away from malpractices like poisoning wildlife or killing them with lightning to take revenge. He also told the villagers how Village Environment Development Committees (VEDCs) can promote livestock development through Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas Yojana and urged various departments to cooperate for betterment.
Other volunteers from different villages including Bandu Uike, Assistant Conservation Officer of Satpura Foundation were also present.

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