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Environment and Livestock in India

S.N. Mishra (Author) A.K. Dikshit (Author)
Synopsis This book presents the first comprehensive study of the national and global environmental effects of India's livestock production system. The first few chapters provide a descriptive account of India's livestock biodiversity as determined by environmental conditions, modes of livestock farming, chief features of mixed livestock farming integrated with agriculture, and its direct and indirect linkages with environment. The authors have also formulated an environmental model of the livestock production system in an input-output framework. Environmental effects are shown to occur on both sides of the system. The model should be of interest to environmental scientists and economists. Based on the model the book provides estimates of greenhouse gases (methane) emission from cattle and buffaloes, carbon dioxide emission prevented due to animal energy use in agriculture arising out of fossil-fuel saving, arable land area saved by recycling agricultural by-products as animal feed, as also from dung cake as a source of biofuel, and the saving of chemical fertilizers by using dung as manure. The authors then value these positive environmental contributions in rupee terms. Interestingly, they conclude that the sum of these values is much more than the value of output of India's livestock sector as a whole. Finally, the book compares the environmental effects of the Indian dairy production system with that of the US. This comparison is particularly addressed to environmentally concerned readers in the developed world.
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About the author

S.N. Mishra

Professor S.N. Mishra (b. 1942), after serving at Magadh University, joined the Indian Institute of Public Administration in 1980 where currently he is Professor of Rural Studies. Apart from publishing nearly twently books on various facets of Rural Society, he has contributed more than hundred research papers to the various journals in India and abroad. A member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Public Administration Association, Prof. Mishra's areas of specialization are: Indian Political System, Applied Public Administration, Political Sociology, Constitutional Law, Democratice Decentralization, Development Administration and Local Self-Government.

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Bibliographic information

Title Environment and Livestock in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173045631
length 196p., Tables.