Dry roughages, viz. wheat straw (WS), rice straw (RS), barley straw (BS), oat straw (OS), gram straw (GS), lentil straw (LS), sorghum stover (SST), pearl millet stover (PMST), maize stover (MST) and dry mixed grass (DG) fed to livestock were characterized for carbohydrate and protein fractions, energy, in vitro dry matter digestibility (IVDMD) and in vitro methane (CH4) emission in buffalo inoculums with the objective to rank dry roughages for CH4 emission, and to correlate their nutritional constituents with CH4 production.

Forest department proposes plantation to check elephant menace

The lack of high quality agroforestry tree germplasm has long been recognized as one of the major challenges to widespread adoption of agroforestry in Southern Africa. Productivity levels realized in operational scale plantings are far less than those
demonstrated in research and this has been partly blamed on the use of germplasm of unknown quality and low productivity potential.

Forests provide multiple benefits to the society, which are both direct and indirect. A study was conducted in Dehradun and Tehri districts to quantify and assess the economic value of various provisioning services which local people derive from the forest to meet their day to day requirement.

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. True to the adage, the innovative farmers of Gudibande have taken challenges to seek a solution to redress their evergreen drought problem bogging their taluk. And they have become successful in it.

Gudibande taluk, of late, has earned the notorious tag of being permanently listed among the drought-prone areas of the State.

New fodder plan will be jointly implemented by the centre and states and will be ready by March
The government is working on a plan to increase the area under fodder crop, which it hopes will help raise livestock yield.

The department of animal husbandry under the ministry of food and agriculture plans a slew of measures

This new forest policy for Jammu & Kashmir describes various strategies for sustainable management of forest resources. It also emphasises on enhancement of forest carbon stocks and provides for 100 percent incentives flow to the local community.


Jammu and Kashmir Government launched this new forest policy aimed at conserving biodiversity, rehabilitation and protection of degraded forests among others. It describes various strategies for sustainable management of forest resources. Also emphasises on enhancement of forest carbon stocks and provides for hundred percent incentives flow to the local community,

Fodder trees in agro-forestry are planted to overcome the effects of the seasonal shortages or to insure against risks of drought and also to deliver benefits such as shelter, soil conservation, timber and fuel wood. An attempt was made to investigate the peformance of fodder trees in the presence and absence of crops.

Main focus of the livestock development policy is to augment farmers
income through accelerated growth of livestock sector. Main objectives are: Two fold increase in livestock production in next 8-10 years formeeting internal demand and for export; Increasing productivity along with improvement in quality of products; and
Augmenting farmers income.