First pulses, now milk. The common household is compelled to give up on its easy sources of protein. In this issue of ‘Down to Earth’, Ravleen Kaur found that rise in fodder prices, not rise in demand, is pushing up the cost of milk in India.
Why is the fodder so expensive? According to Kaul: “the falling groundwater level, modern farm harvester technology and India’s new economy are elbowing out fodder production. As the stall-fed dairy owners find it difficult to feed their livestock, pastoral dairy farmers’ battle for survival is becoming increasingly bitter.”
One solution is to ensure “food security for livestock“, for example by shifting the focus “from supercows to cattlefeed.”