The organization holds agricultural and non-agricultural land in 11 villages spread over three talukas of Ahmadabad and Kheda districts. These lands are utilised exclusively for fodder production to meet the nutrient requirement of animals and to produce / multiply fodder seeds.
The economics and viability of an animal production system largely depends on its fodder production programmes. Better resource management and farm mechanization have led to an increase in the fodder yield, despite the challenges posed by adverse climate, soil and water salinity. During the year 2017-18, 10.064 MT of green fodder was produced.
Other initiatives taken up in fodder production include:
- Introduction of new crop varieties
Varietal trials with crops like sugar beet and inter cropping of Hybrid Napier with cowpea and oats were taken up with promising results.
- Farm mechanization
Machines having attachments like reaper, reaper binder and sprayer, ideal for small land holdings were introduced. Imported machines were also modified for customized operations like hay lining and bailing of fodder crops. Introduction of such machines have helped Gaushala to achieve total mechanization of fodder production activities
- Introduction of Perennial Fodder Crops
To increase per hectare production Perennial fodder crops like Hy. Napier (BNH-10) taken up in approx. 3 acre area at Bidaj farm. The area will be increased up to 25 acres to cater the need of animals particularly in summers.