31-Title: Study the availability of feed and fodder to farmers during the corona pandemic through an e-survey in Rajasthan
Authors: Dinesh Jain, Tara Bothra, Dinesh Acharya, Umesh Kumar Prajapat, Sita Ram Gupta and Mahendra Singh Manohar
Source: Ruminant Science (2021)-10(2):405-408.
How to cite this manuscript: Jain Dinesh, Bothra Tara, Acharya Dinesh, Prajapat Umesh Kumar, Gupta Sita Ram and Manohar Mahendra Singh (2021). Study the availability of feed and fodder to farmers during the corona pandemic through an e-survey in Rajasthan. Ruminant Science 10(2):405-408.
To study the effect of the Covid-19 situation on the availability of feed and fodders to the farmers, the present survey study was conducted by the Google Doc form link in various districts of Rajasthan by covering 615 farmers. Primary data were gathered through a structured schedule in Google doc form. The survey of the age of farmers showed that the majority (41.13%) of farmers were in the middle age group 29-45 years which indicates an active participation in activities related to livestock farming as well as awareness about digital technology in the middle age group (29-45 years). The response of 615 farmers surveyed about the scarcity of dry fodder, green fodder, compound feed, and the mineral mixture was recorded to be 45.2%, 73%, 73%, and 78.1%, respectively. The response of 615 farmers surveyed about the alternative arrangement of dry fodder, green fodder, and compound feed were recorded to be 58.5%, 27.3%, and 41.5%, respectively. Most farmers reported in the study that animal production was adversely affected by 5-50% due to the non-availability of feed and fodder during the corona pandemic, while the highest number of farmers (90) reported a decrease in animal production by more than 50%. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted livestock production negatively via a disturbed supply chain of feed and fodder. Facing the repercussions of the COVID-19 outbreak on the sustainability of feed and fodder, supply chains have become a need of the hour to make sustainable animal production.
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