Fodder factories are common in India, but the government is keen to get them out of the way.
The country has around 2.5 billion tonnes of hay produced every year and India is the largest exporter of the grain, accounting for around 75 percent of the global market.
But the government has not made the infrastructure to supply all the fodder needed by the farmers, which is why the country’s farmers have been struggling to keep up with rising demand and production of fodder in the market.
With the demand of farmers rising due to rising agricultural production and the government not making any effort to improve their lives, some farmers have resorted to cutting down their hay crops.
Kerala, which has a large number of farmers who have not been able to grow their own fodder due to lack of infrastructure, has a huge amount of fodder to feed their animals.
Fodder factories, which are a major source of fodder for the farmers in Kerala, have been operating since the 1990s.
However, in the last 10 years, the number of factories has fallen drastically, with the number having dwindled to only 10 or 15 percent of its former size.
In an attempt to get the factories out of existence, the government in Kerala has made a series of reforms that have resulted in the factories being shut down and the state’s agricultural production falling.
These reforms have resulted into the destruction of the livelihoods of the farmers.
The government’s attempts to shut down the factories have resulted to the loss of around 2 million tonnes of fodder from the farmers every year.
Krishna Jyoti, the State Minister for Agriculture and Food Processing, said that the government’s reforms have taken a toll on the state economy, and that the situation has gone beyond what it was supposed to be.
“The government has put a lot of effort in this but the results are not there.
In the last decade, the farmers have not grown any more fodder and now the crop is being destroyed,” he told the Times of India.”
Fodder was being produced at a steady rate, and we were expecting that this will continue for the next decade.
We are losing about two million tonnes per annum of production and this is a very serious situation.
This is why I have decided to start looking for other solutions to this problem,” he added.
The factory is located in the state capital of Ernakulam and is one of the few that still exists in Kerala.
The state government is working on ways to get more of these factories closed down, but farmers are worried about the destruction to their livelihoods.
“I am concerned that the factory is going to be demolished, and all the land will be sold off,” said one farmer.
The state government’s attempt to shut the factory has left many farmers with no choice but to sell their land to the local authorities.
Some farmers have even started selling their land in the local markets.
“There is no other option but to buy the land from the market,” said another farmer.
“As soon as the government closes the factory, I will be selling it to the market, and sell it at a profit,” said a farmer.