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1 Forages and Fodder: Indian Perspective

Anil Kumar Singh et al

Daya Publishing House, New Delhi, India, 2011, 8170356679 / 9788170356677, First Edition, Hardcover, New, New, 
Book entitled "Forages and Fodder: Indian Perspective" contains different aspects viz., production, protection, PGR management, consumption; preservation and socio-economic aspects of forage and fodder crops. The present book is one of the latest and updated manuscripts related to forage and fodder in Indian context. Forage includes all plant species directly or indirectly consumed by animals and cultivated forage crops occupy about 5.0 per cent of the total cultivated area of India. The animal fodder consists of several plants species which are used to feed the cattle either raw (green and cut fodder) or after minor processing (such as silage) while pastures are grassland, usually with improved species, carefully managed with inputs such as irrigation and manures for grazing of livestock. The National Commission on Agriculture (1976) recommended that a minimum 10 per cent of the arable area in the country (about 16.5 million ha) should be under improved forage crops to meet the green forage needs of the ever growing livestock population. At the same time, plant genetic resource (PGR), which carries germplasm for present and future needs, can be utilized for producing varieties having resistance to biotic and abiotic stress as well as for its quality enrichments. Weed growth should not be overlooked as it hampers yield, lowers forage quality, increases the incidence of disease and insect problems, causes premature stand loss, and creates harvesting problems. Some weeds are unpalatable and may be poisonous for livestock. Updated information on insect pest problem is well documented in the book. It is established fact that insect and pests cause yield loss, both in quantitative and qualitative terms, and their effects depend on many factors like, the level of infestation, crop variety agronomic practices and other related factors. Insect pests induced losses are not only in term of green or dry fodder yield but also on quality factors which affect the re-growth period and canopy structure. Among the other constraints, the diseases have always been a major limiting factor for fodder cultivation. Fertilizer management, organic farming and climatic conditions required for different fodder and forage crops are very well illustrated in the present volume. Women also play a key role as seed selectors and in seedling production and their knowledge on seeds and seed storage contributes to viability of agricultural diversity and production. Women also play an important role in livestock management which includes, care of animals, grazing and fodder collection, cleaning of animal sheds, processing milk and livestock products. Despite their considerable involvement and contribution, women's role in livestock production has been underestimated, undervalued and widely ignored. The book also covers areas like marketing of forage and fodders and all together contains 32 chapters on various issues of forage and fodder production and management. Printed Pages: 489 with figures, tables and indexes. 036903

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