1. Supply of Minikits - regarding

      01/06/2010 11:12:04

      By speed post

       No. 2-1/2009-AHT (FF)/Pt

      Government of India

      Ministry of Agriculture

      Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries

      Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi-110001

      Dated 30th July 2010


      1.The Directors/Director In charge,

      Regional Stations for Forage Production & Demonstration, Gandhinagar, (Gujarat), Kalyani (W.B), Suratgarh (Rajasthan), Hissar (Haryana),Jammu(J & K), Hyderabad(A.P) and Central Fodder Seed Production Farm, Hessarghatta (Karnataka).

      2.The Project Manager,

      Seed Processing Unit of Milkfed, Bassi Pathanan, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab.

      3.The Project Manager, Unit Seed Processing Plant,

         Lalgarh, Bikaner-334004 (Raj).

      4.The Managing Director, Kerala Livestock Development Board,  

          Seed Unit, Dhoni, Palakkad-678009

      5. The Incharge, Seed Production, Processing, Marketing Unit of  PCDF, Ramghat Road, Opposite Parkash Lodge,Aligarh, U.P.-202001.

      6. The Director, IGFRI, Pahuj Dam, Gwalior Road,Jhansi, U.P.

      7. The Manager, Sabarmati Ashram Goshala, Ahmadabad, Gujarat.

      Subject: - Central Minikit Testing Programme on fodder crops for Rabi, 2010-11, supply of Minikits-regarding.



      I am directed to enclose herewith a schedule for distribution of fodder Minikits in respect of different fodder crops for Rabi season 2010-11.The quantity of seeds for each fodder Minikit, State wise/Crop wise number of Minikits allotted, etc are given on statement enclosed as A-1.

      2. The terms and conditions for the supply of kits would be as under:

      (i)  Seed supplying agencies may prepare the kits with quantity of seeds sufficient for 1/10th hectare and put in a simple cloth bag containing leaflet indicating the stage wise agronomical practices both in English as well as in local language to be followed by farmers, efforts should be made to prepare and dispatch kits immediately, within 30 days of receipt of this order by road transport on freight paid basis so that these are received by beneficiary organizations in time. The seeds should be properly cleaned and tested for germination before dispatch and the supplying agencies will be responsible for quality of seeds. Supply of sub-standard seeds and delay in supply of kits will be viewed seriously. They may also furnish the bill in duplicate, original acknowledgements from State Govts, copy of order, rates quoted for seeds etc, original transport receipts (TR). The cost of transportation should be minimum to keep overhead expenses minimum/ within limit. Care may also be taken by seed supplying agencies that less quantity (less voluminous) seed may be packed in a separate bag and put into the main kit in case of combination of legumes and non legumes.

       (ii) In case of Subordinate offices of this Department, to avoid delay in dispatch of fodder seed Minikits for taking advance sanction from the Ministry whenever required beyond the Director’s powers, as per approval accorded by the competent authority, as a special case the Directors of Subordinate offices of this Department are permitted to prepare and dispatch fodder Minikits with the condition that they will make purchase/job work/seed dispatch etc. through Government Organizations/Small scale industries/TCI, failing which from other sources after observing procedural formalities and taking no objection/ non-availability certificates from the firms. All these papers concerning these purchases should be sent to the Ministry while submitting the bill of fodder Minikits for payment. 

      (iii)  The kits to be supplied to Director, Animal Husbandry and Milk Federations of the concerned States within 30 days of issue of the order.

      (iv)  Combination of legumes and non-legumes fodder crops has been introduced to get the nutritious fodder for livestock. State Govts. are requested to allocate the Minikits of Berseem + Chinese cabbage, oats , maize, teosinte, multicut sorghum varieties  like PC-23, Sorghum sudex chari, Red chari along with their combinations   in irrigated belts of their States to get optimum fodder yield.    

      (v)  The beneficiaries are requested to make necessary arrangements for conducting demonstrations at suitable locations ensuring that 25% of these demonstrations are conducted on the fields belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes’ farmers. The women farmers may be encouraged by allotment of Minikits to them. The recommended doses of fertilizer will have to be provided either by the organizations Directorate of Animal Husbandry or by the farmers themselves. The beneficiary organizations may be requested to take advance action for organizing these demonstrations on farmers’ fields so as to avoid delay in conducting these demonstrations. It will be appreciated if the beneficiary organizations, Dte. of Animal Husbandry and Milk Federations of the States  chalk out a tentative distribution programme before receiving these kits. Such an advance action would avoid delay in the allotment of kits and make them available to the ultimate agency in time. The demonstration should be organized on the farmers’ fields that have not availed this earlier.

      (vi)  The beneficiary organizations shall send the acknowledgements of receipt of the Minikits as per the proforma supplied by the supplying agencies, to the fodder kits supplying agencies with a copy thereof to this Ministry so that payments to the Stations/ Organizations could be made by this Ministry well in time.

      (vii) It has also been observed that regular observation reports and the feedback of the farmers about the performance of the fodder seeds supplied are not furnished. Hence, the States are requested that such reports are to be sent at regular intervals.

      (viii) Officers associated with the fodder development programmes/fodder Minikit demonstration programme in the milk shed areas, ICDP, Gaushala, States/out stations etc. may arrange a training session for the farmers before actual distribution of kits so as to enable them derive maximum benefit.

      (ix) It is further suggested that the officers concerned should pay frequent visits to the fodder Minikit demonstration plots arranged in their jurisdiction for timely guidance and supervision.

      (x)  The entry of Minikits in stock register after receipt of Minikits from seed supplying agencies is the responsibility of receiving agency.

      (xi) While sending physical   progress report, details regarding number of women, SC and STs assisted under the scheme should be mentioned so that figures regarding the women component, SCP and TSP could be consolidated in the DADF.

       (xii) Monitoring of the activities under the scheme is the responsibility of the State Governments. However, the State Governments/ Milk Federations will submit the feed back regularly to the Directors of Regional Stations for Forage Production & Demonstration (RSFP&Ds) located in the region. Directors of RSFP&Ds should compile the information and send to the Ministry for further action. They should also survey the area under their jurisdiction for sampling and evaluation of the performance of scheme. The detail of the jurisdiction of each RSFP&D is as under:





      Regional Station for Forage Production & Demonstration, P.O. Netaji Subhash Sanitorium, Distt. Nadia –741251(WB)

      West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram,Nagaland, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh.


      Regional Station for Forage Production & Demonstration, P.O Textile Mills, Hissar-125002.

      Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.


      Regional Station for Forage Production & Demonstration,Suratgarh, Rajasthan-335804.

      Rajasthan, Chhattishgarh and Madhya Pradesh.


      Regional Station for Forage Production & Demonstration,P.O.Dairy Farm, Via Red Hills, Chennai-52.

      Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andaman & Nicobar and Pondicherry.


      Regional Station for Forage Production & Demonstration, P.O.Pahari Sharif, Via Keshavgiri, Hyderabad 500005 (A.P).

      Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.


      Regional Station for Forage Production & Demonstration,

      Camp Office, 618/A, Gandhinagar, Jammu

      180 004 (J&K).

      Jammu & Kashmir, Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh.


      Regional Station for Forage Production & Demonstration, Palaj, Gandhinagar 382355 (Gujarat).

      Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu.


      Central Fodder Seed Production Farm, Hesserghatta, Bangalore North 560088

      Karnataka (Karnataka comes under the jurisdiction of RSFP&D, Chennai, however, CFSP Farm may also visit the nearby area and submit the report to the Ministry for good impact of the scheme)



      Yours faithfully

      (Dr. H.R. Keshavamurthy)

      Director (C&FF)

      Telephone No. 011-23389212


      Copy to:-

      1.  The Secretary, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services (All State concerned) for information.

      2.  The Director, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Service (All State concerned) for information and necessary action.

      3.  The Managing Director, Milk Federations of all state.

      (Dr. H.R. Keshavamurthy)

      Director (C&FF)