Ways and means to increase forage production



  • Less than 2.5 % of area under fodder production • Small holdings do not allow farmers for allocating area for fodder production due to preference to food crops
  • More dependence on crop residues which are not that much nutritive • More dependence on grazing (on others / common) resources, which are having unpalatable species
  • Less awareness among farmers with regard to the advantages of green fodder.
  • Less production of protein rich legume fodders
  • Huge livestock population and hence higher Green fodder demand
  • Non – availability of feed/fodder data
  • Poor feeding practices

Ways and means to increase fodder production

  • Maximising forage production in space and time.
  • Identifying new forage resources and increasing fodder seed production.
  • Increasing the forage production within the existing farming systems.
  • Adoption of agroforestry systems to utilise different tree fodders for livestock rearing.
  • Utilising marginal, sub-marginal drylands and problem soils for developing feed and fodder resources.
  • Exploiting the feasibilities of growing fodder along with food and cash crops.
  • Utilising barren and uncultivated lands.
  • Establishment of fodder banks in villages
  • Conservation of fodder into feed blocks.
  • Enrichment of straw/stover with urea/fortification.
  • Use of chaff cutters.
  • Comprehensive watershed development programs with inclusion of fodder component.
Last modified: Friday, 15 July 2011, 7:13 AM