Agartala: Animal farmers in Tripura are facing serious crisis as the Department of Animal Resource Development has failed to supply fodder for calves and this is forcing them to buy the necessary fodder from the open market at a higher price. Taking advantage of the crisis, a section of the traders also increased the price of the fodder in the open market which is three times more than the subsidised price of the fodder.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is attaching highest importance on increasing milk production in the State but due to the failure of the department, the target of attaining self sufficiency in milk production by 2022 is turning into a distant dream.
As per normal procedure, the department invites tenders in January every year and after completion of the process, the contractor starts supplying fodder by the beginning of April. The long standing procedure was working smoothly until the process of inviting tender got stopped from January last for unknown reason.
According to reports, there is no initiative in the department to invite tender for the year 2020-21, which will mean deprivation for the farmers for one more year. Departmental minister or higher authorities seem unfazed with the predicament of the farming community.