Ludhiana, February 2, 2013: CentralInstitute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) today signed a memorandum of understanding for licensing technology of the potato enriched cattle feed to a Ludhiana based dairy farmer D.S Oberoi here at it campus. This would pave way for commercial availability of the feed to the consumers.
The technology developed by the CIPHET has immense potential for producers, consumers as well as farmers. “While use of potatoes waste in feed would bring down prices of cattle feed, farmers would help in getting better price of potatoes during glut as feed could be stored for more than six months,” said Director CIPHET Dr U.S Shivhare, adding that all sizes of potatoes including unmarketable could be used for preparation of the feed.
Principal Scientist ICAR Dr Devinder Dhingra and Dr Sangeeta Chopra, who has standardised the technology, revealed that use of potatoes in the composition of feed has shown increase in the milk yield.
“The normal feed available in market is combination of maize, barley, rice polish, husk, oil cake and mineral mixture” they said, adding that they have replaced 30 percent of these grains by the potato waste”. It took almost three years to standardize the process.
Head Transfer of Technology Division Dr Deepak Raj Rai said that the technology would help in stabilizing prices of potatoes when farmers are forced to throw them on streets and also problem of pollution could be tackled by converting waste of potatoes from industry into cattle feed.
President Dairy Association D.S Oberoi, who got the technology, said that he had already used cattle feed made in CIPHET plant in his diary farm for ascertaining results. “The cattle feed from potatoes have high acceptability among the animals and also their consistent use have shown increase in milk yield,” he said, adding that would soon set up a manufacturing plant for making this feed commercially available. Institute Technology Management Unit (ITMU) In-charge Dr K Narsaiahand Senior Research Fellow Mona Michael were also present on the occasion.