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Agri-Business Incubation Centre
ICAR-Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi – 284 003
National Agriculture Innovation Fund (Component – II)

About the Programme
India is facing an annual shortage of 11.24% green fodder, 23.40 % dry fodder supply and 29.00% in concentrates. Lot of research work has been conducted in the country so far and developed 356 varieties of different fodder crops. Among perennial fodder crops, B x N hybrid and guinea grass are most popular among the farmers for regular supply of green fodder. Recently government of India and state governments are popularizing BN hybrid cultivation for regular and quality fodder production at farmers’ fields. B x N hybrid contain about 8-10% crude protein and produces about 100-120 tones green fodder per hectare per year in 6-7 cuts and number of cuts may vary as per availability of suitable climatic conditions. Due to heavy feeder of nutrients, its cultivation should be done in a scientific way with stable, sustainable fodder productivity along with better soil health. The cultivation of B x N hybrid in sole or in round the year fodder production in a scientific manner may be helpful in enhanced soil fertility with stability and sustainability. Earlier it was opined that grasses are not suitable for silage production but research shown that good quality of silage can be prepared from B x N hybrid for utilization during lean periods when green fodders become scares. In this view, Agribusiness Incubation Centre of ICAR-IGFRI, Jhansi is going to conduct regular trainings on Entrepreneurship Development in Bajra x Napier Hybrid Production and Utilization covering all aspects of resource management with the sole objective to develop a commercially viable enterprise of Bx N hybrid production and marketing its products viz. rooted slips, silage, pellets etc.
1. To apprise and sensitize the participants about the scientific concept and parameters of Bajra-Napier Hybrid production and utilization.
2. To develop entrepreneurship in Bajra-Napier Hybrid cultivation and utilization

Scientific cultivation and production of BXN Hybrid, Silage as a potential feed for livestock, Mechanization in forage production, harvesting and packaging of green fodder, Processing opportunity in feed & fodder, Exploring possibility of commercial, financial and corporate management, Non- conventional fodder resources and their production and utilization, Economics of fodder production, Practical aspects on green fodder production and fodder products including TMR, feed pellets, silage, leaf meal.

Demonstrations / hand-on experience and visits

Practical on different aspects of BxN Hybrid production, ensiling; Visit to Technology Demonstration Park, Forage Park, Institute dairy and machinery workshop, laboratories, Experimental fields of IGFRI and Sister Institutes, Industries under Bundelkhand Chambers of Commerce.

Course contents
The entire course curriculum would emphasize upon the theoretical and practical aspects of sustainable BxN hybrid production, utilization and post-harvest management. It includes various aspects viz., Tillage and soil health, management; planting techniques; Efficient nutrient, water and weed management; Machinery and cutting management, Nursery management, Knitting BxN Hybrid in cropping systems, Preparation of silage, quality standards of silage, Balanced feeding to the livestock and commercial fodder production.

Important Dates

Last date for receipt of nomination : September 05, 2023

Intimation to selected candidates : September 08, 2023

Training Period : September 18-22, 2023

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