DHAKA, April 4 (BSS) - The government has taken a project to construct fodder factory for feeding the milking cow in order to boost milk production in the country.
"The project mainly aims to ensure supply of balanced and nutritious granular fodder among the farmers to feed their milking cows for increasing milk production," said an official of the Planning Commission.
Besides, the farmers will be motivated through forming small organisations to participate in the activities of milk farma as well as establish milk industry at the grassroots level, he added.
The project will also work to increase the profitable milk production by reducing production cost.
The farmers under the cooperative will get cow fodder on 'no profit, no loss' basis and charge of the fodder will be adjusted from the weekly bill against their supplied milk.
Officials said the main activities of the project are to produce high-quality granular cow fodder, formulate total mixed ration (TMR) and train up the farmer on feed formulation and feeding technique.
Bangladesh Milk Producers' Cooperative Union Ltd., commonly known by its brand name 'Milk Vita', is to implement the project by June 2014.
The project will be implemented at Lahiree Mohanpur in Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj district.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council(ECNEC) has already approved the project involving Taka 27 crore.
The government will provide Taka 20 crore from national exchequer while Milk Vita will contribute Taka 7 crore from own source.
Officials said the country has no adequate mechanism to provide scientifically produced high nutritious, balanced and healthy cow fodder, although there is huge demand for the fodder as milk production directly depends on it.