Bhuj: About 100 cows died after they were not properly fed and left to survive in an inundated panjrapole (cowshed) in Satapar village in Anjar taluka of Kutch over the past week. The animals suddenly started dying since Wednesday evening.

First pulses, now milk. The common household is compelled to give up on its easy sources of protein.

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The approval of a genetically modified potato for cultivation in EU territories has sparked strong reactions from all sides of the debate. Many member states and environmental groups are outraged, while the biotech industry sees promising signs of progress.

Adequate feeding is essential to realizing the potential of small ruminants to alleviate poverty among smallholder farmers.

C Shivakumar |

TAMIL NADU is facing acute shortage of green fodder with the degradation and depletion of grazing land. Based on the 2004 livestock census, the animal husbandry department puts the overall deficit of green fodder in 2008-09 at 21.25 per cent.

Small-scale farmers depend largely on their animals and need to feed them well. Technology based innovations have been the mainstream solution to improve the fodder problem. But making farmers find relevant information and networks appears to be as much effective for innovation.

One way for "dollar-poor" small-scale farmers to increase their income per hectare is to switch to higher value agricultural products, such as meat, milk or eggs. Stronger engagement in livestock production, however, exposes smallholders to additional risks, such as losing their animals through theft, predation or disease.

Olivier De Schutter is the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food. He aims to inform people at the highest political levels about the role that smallholders play in the world

Farmers are trying out different options to improve the feed management in dairy animals. They are looking at options which reduce costs and at the same time do not affect the milk yields. The participatory technology development process provided a farmer centered extension mechanism, enabling knowledge enrichment, for farmers as well as for researchers.