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Approaches Towards Fodder Security in India

P.K. Ghosh (Editor) S K Mahanta (Editor) J. B. Singh (Editor) D. Vijay (Editor) R.V. Kumar (Editor) V.K. Yadav (Editor) Sunil Kumar (Editor)

Forage based economical feeding strategies are required to reduce the cost of quality livestock product as the feed resources alone constitutes 60-70% of the milk production cost. Thus, any effort of enhancing fodder availability and economizing the feed cost results in increased margin of profits. There is tremendous pressure of livestock on available fodder resources, as land available for fodder production has been decreasing. At present, India faces a net deficit of 35% green fodder and 10% dry crop residues. To meet the current level of livestock production and its annual growth in population, the deficit in fodder resources needs to be met either by increasing productivity, utilizing untapped fodder resources, increasing land area (may not be possible due to human pressure for food crops) or through imports. Indeed, in the world of changing socio-economic and environmental scenario, there are diverse challenges and constraints for fodder security and sustainable livestock production to meet the requirements of ever increasing human beings. A considerable amount of work has been done on different aspects of forage production and grassland management, forage processing and utilization at different organizations of India and elsewhere. In this edited book, an attempt has been made to organise the available pertinent information or approaches of enhancing fodder production and efficient utilization by researchers from various organizations. Being introduced with the forage and livestock scenario in India, this book contains adequate information on optimizing forage production, alternate land use systems for forage production, advances in forage crop improvement and seed production and forage utilization and socioeconomic aspects including value addition and fodder marketing, green house gas emissions and climate change mitigation. It is expected that this book will be highly useful to researchers, teachers, students, policy makers and livestock farmers.

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About the authors

P.K. Ghosh

Dr. P.K. Ghosh (b. 10-01-1951) qualified B. Sc (Hons.) in Zoology; M.Sc (Zoology) with specialization in Fishery Science and Doctoral degree in Zoology (Prawn Neuroendocrinology). He was selected for the Senior Fellowship off ICAR, New Delhi for Research Work leading to Ph.D. degree. He has vast experience of 27 years in the field of Fisheries (Aquaculture) – fresh and brackish water – covers research, administration and extension (teaching/training). He joined as Scientists in 1974 under the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrackpore (WB) and continued for 12 years. He worked under the Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai for about 12 years and associated with several research projects in the field of fisheries as Scientist – S1; Scientist – S2 and Senior Scientist. He is working under the Central Institute of Fisheries Educatioin (Deemed University), Hqs. Mumbai. Currently he has posted in Kolkata as Principal Scientist. All those research Institutes are under the administrative control of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. Products Development Authority (MPEDA), Kochi under the Ministry of Commerce, Govrt. Of India as Farm Manager (Prawn Farming) and also to the Jadavpur University, Kolkata as the Dy. Registrar for about two years from ICAR, New Delhi. Dr. Ghosh has published 21 research papers (including foreign journals from Philippines, Solvak and Polan), 6 abstracts, 60 popular articles, 26 Institute’s Annual Reports and 4 others. He attended many national seminars / symposia / workshop on Prawn Hatchery Development at Chittagon, Bangleadesh and presented paper as an Indian representative in SAARC Workshop on Prawn Hatchery (Bangladesh).

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S K Mahanta

Dr. S K Mahanta, Scientist (Animal Nutrition), PAR Division, IGFRI, Jhansi has 10 years of research, extension and training experience in farm animal nutrition and feeding. He specializes in forage evaluation and development of forage based feeding system for different categories of ruminants. He has over 40 research papers of national and international repute. He is also in editorial board of two national journals and an active member of many scientific societies.

V.K. Yadav

Dr. Neelam Yadav is presently working as Associate Professor in Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner. She joined this university as Assistant professor (Plant Physiology) in 1991 and was selected as Associate professor in 1996 just within four and half years. She did her Ph.D. from Indian Agricultural research Institute, New Delhi. She has visited Germany to present a research paprr in 3rd International Crop science Congress at Hamburg in Ausust 17-22, 2000 & in 2001 International Collaborative research center laboratories, Ishiqaki, Japan. She has taken training on use of mass-spec in protein sequencing and identification in laboratory of dr. Michael Kinter, department of cell Biology, Learner research Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She has more than 25 research papers published in journals of national and international repute. She is life member of Society of Plant Pysiology, India and The Arid Zone research association of India.

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Sunil Kumar

Dr. Sunil Kumar teaches in the Department of History, Delhi University. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1992. His book ‘The Emergence of the Delhi Sultanate 1190-1290’ is in press. Meanwhile he has completed another manuscript titled, ‘Sites of Power and Resistance: A Study of Sultanate Monumental Architecture’. Dr. Kumar resides in Saket, in South Delhi, near the sites discussed in this book.

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Bibliographic information

Title Approaches Towards Fodder Security in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2017
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Studera Press
Language: English
isbn 9789385883439
length 680p.