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Germany company ‘Claas’ to bring forage harvesters

Hyderabad: Claas Agricultural Machinery, the German company that is into making farm mechanisation equipment, plans to launch mini a forage harvester shortly in the maize cultivating States including Telangana. This will mechanise the harvest and also crush the grains. This can be used for feeding the cattle in the dairy industry to increase the milk production, said Mrityunjaya Singh, its managing director.

The forage harvester- Jaguar 25- will cost about Rs 4 lakh and with the accompanying tractor and other tools will altogether cost the farmers about Rs 10 lakh. This will be able to harvest half acre in an hour. In one season, the average operation could be about 300 hours covering 150 acre, he said adding that the farmers at this rate will be able recover their investments in a season.

Telangana is laying a lot of stress on development of dairy industry and forage is key for increasing the milk production. “We will provide the required machinery and also train farmers through our Claas Academy on their use, the advantages of mechanisation and the need for using silage to the cattle to increase the milk production,” said Singh.

According to him, silage, the fermented green forage fodder that is stored in a silo, is more nourishing but is yet to gain currency. Various governments are buying the silage from contractors and to give to farmers on a subsidy, in some cases about 50 per cent. The cost of production of silage is about Rs 4 per and the governments are willing to pay upto Rs 6 a kg, he said.

Claas is part of the string of companies under the umbrella organisation OVA that signed MoUs with Telangana and Andhra Pradesh at the recently concluded India Food event organised by the Ministry of Food Processing to promote better farming practices.

“From what we understand, Telangana is trying to give a boost to dairy in the State. The focus will be on including maize in the cattle diet. It will also likely to reach out farm contractors to source silage,” he said.

It has a manufacturing unit at Chandigarh, with a capacity to make 2000 units of farm mechanisation equipment. About 300 units are exported, he said.

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