In News :Military farms have been closed after 132 years of service.
What are Military Farms?
- The first military farm was raised on February 1, 1889, at Allahabad.
- The farms were set up with the sole requirement of supplying hygienic cow milk to troops in garrisons across British India.
- They were even established in Leh and Kargil in the late 1990s.
- Post-independence, the farms flourished with 30,000 heads of cattle in 130 farms all over India.
- After independence Military Farms flourished with 30,000 heads of cattle in 130 Military Farms all over India in varied Agro-climatic conditions.
- Another major task was management of large tracts of defence land, production and supply of Baled Hay to animal holding units.
Why are they shutdown?
- In 2012, the Quarter Master General branch had recommended their closure
- The major task was the management of large tracts of defence land, production and supply of baled hay to animal holding units.
- Again in December 2016 by Lt. Gen. DB Shekatkar (retd) committee was appointed to recommend measures to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure of the armed forces.
After 132 years of glorious service to the nation, curtains were drawn on this organisation. All the officers and workers have been redeployed within the ministry to continue providing service to the organisation.
Source : PIB