Kerala Feeds begins free cattle feed distribution in Ernakulam
By Pinkerala News Desk | Nov 06, 2018
Kerala Feeds has an ongoing project to help the state’s flood-affected dairy farmers and they further widened it, as Ernakulam Collector Mr. Mohammed Y Safirulla inaugurated the PSU’s district-level Snehasparsham project that provides 100 bags of cattle feed for free. Kerala Feeds Managing Director Dr. B Sreekumar said in his keynote address at the function that more cattle feed will be provided without charging money in eligible cases. Mr. Safirulla said that according to the estimate of a UN team that made a study, Ernakulam district has been left with a property loss of Rs 8,000 crore by the August deluge and landslides. He described the efforts of Kerala Feeds as exemplary. Noting that rehabilitation is a long-term mission, the Collector added that Kerala Feeds can help authorities in providing dairy farmers updated technology and new guidelines. The function was attended by Dairy Department Director Mr. Jose Jacob, Angamaly block panchayat member Mr. T.P. George, Kerala Feeds Deputy Manager Mr. P.P. Francis and the PSU’s veterinarian Dr. Anuraj K.S. According to Dr. Sreekumar, The PSU is initiating a scheme in association with The State Bank of India (SBI) to help flood-affected farmers take loans. He also added that the company, headquartered in Kallettumkara of Thrissur district, will arrange SBI loans for aspiring dairy farmers. The MD informed that Kerala Feeds has, since the floods, distributed cattle feed worth Rs. 22 lakh for dairy farmers in Ernakulam district. The 1995-founded PSU had also sold the product at a discount of Rs. 100 per bag, thereby making a sale of Rs. 31 lakh. The function was preceded by a familiarisation section where the dairy farmers were explained about insurance schemes for cattle.