'State to procure 15,000 tonnes of green fodder from Punjab'

District-in-charge Minister and Minister for Animal Husbandry and Sericulture, A Manju, has said that the government will procure 15,000 tonnes of green fodder from Punjab to tackle the existing fodder shortage in the state.

Addressing reporters here on Thursday, Manju said the fodder is being purchased at a cost of Rs 13.20 per kg. The procurement of fodder from Punjab will tide over the crisis in the state.

He said there are 1.30 crore cattle heads in the state. “Incidents of cattle death have been reported from several districts due to drought. There are 89 goshalas in the state. The fodder stock can last only for a couple of weeks. Hence, measures are being taken to purchase fodder from Punjab,” he said.

Nagarothana project

The minister also explained that Rs 94 crore has been released under Nagarothana project for the development of the city. Hassan has been allocated Rs 35 crore, Arsikere Rs 25 cr, while Channarayapatna, Belur, Sakleshpur and Holenarsipur will receive Rs 7.5 crore each and Arkalgud, Alur will get Rs 2 crore, he said.

He said the drinking water projects and road works would be completed within three months. He said farmers who have parted with lands for the development of S M Krishna Layout will be given 9,500 ft land per acre. MLC M A Gopalaswamy and ZP president Shwetha Devaraj were also present.

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