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Dairy Farming in Mountain Areas

Vir Singh (Author) Babita Bohra (Author)

Dairy farming is one of the key economic activities livestock dependent farming communities in the mountain areas depend upon. Dairy farming involves natural resource base –forests. rangelands, croplands, livestock breeds-feeding, breeding, health management, marketing and consumption of the products. This book presents wonderful synthesis of the smallholders’ resources management in the mountains. Smallholders constitute the majority of the mountain communities. Their strategies of resource management this book portrays provide the interesting matter the institutions might like to know about before they begin with the interventions into dairy farming. Mountain areas are altogether distinguishable from those of the mainstream plain areas. And so are their production systems. Peri-urban areas in the region constitute the high-pressure areas. Dairy farming in these areas is essentially market-oriented. The book especially characterizes the smallholder dairy farms in the vicinity of urban milk-consuming centres. These scenarios are different from those in the remote areas. Smallholder dairy farming has enomorous potential. It can contribute to family income, generate gainful employment especially for women, elevate living standards of the Producers, fight malnutrition especially amongst children and enhance processes of sustainable agricultural. Crop-livestock-forest/rangeland integrity is a key factor to the sustainability of mountain livelihoods. Augmentation of dairy farming systems. The book finally discusses perspective based approaches to operationalise sustainability in the mountains. The book, in essence, is a landmark publication in the area of sustainable mountain development. India is the leading milk producer in the world today, which is largely thanks to the smallholders’ contributions. Dairy development could be one of the key areas to help the country to occupy centre stage in the on-going rapid globalisation processes. This book is an attempt to further advance towards this direction.

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About the authors

Vir Singh

Dr. Vir Singh is a Professor of Environmental Science at G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar. He holds dual Ph.D. degrees in Animal Nutrition (Himalayan Range-land Management). He has three decades' experience of teaching, research, extension, guiding students, and environmental activism. He has extensively travelled European and Asian countries. He has published 20 book and 200 articles.

Babita Bohra

Babita Bohra obtained her B.Sc. degree from the Kumaun University in first division and M.Sc. Ag. Degree in dairy Husbandry from the GB pant University of Agriculture & technology (GBPUAT), Patnagar, Uttarachal, India in the first division having got through national competitive examination, she was admitted to the coveted Ph.D. degree Programme with major in Dairy Husbandary and minor in Animal Nutrition of the GBPUAT. She carried out a prestigious project on Milk Production, marketing and Consumption Scenarios at the Peri-urban Dairy Farms in the Champawat District of Uttaranchal. She is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow with the Project on development of Strategies to Improve Nutrition of dairy Animals in the Mountains of Uttaranchal which has been sponsored by the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and development. Babita has specialized in dairy husbandry and livestock-dependent livelihood systems in mountain areas. She has written a number of book chapters, research and popular articles to her credit and has recently been invited to work as a lead author buy the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and technology for Development (IAASTD) to write a chapter on agriculture-related issues focusing on East and South Asia and the Pacific (ESAP) Region.

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Bibliographic information

Title Dairy Farming in Mountain Areas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170354374
length xx+191p., Tables; Figures; Annexure; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.