Constraints facing goat-keepers and ways of addressing them through a participatory approach: Some experiences from semi-arid India

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Conroy, C. ; Rangnekar, D. V. (2000)
  • Publisher: Natural Resources Institute

BAIF Development Research Foundation (BAIF), India, and the Natural Resources Institute (NRI) of the University of Greenwich, UK, are jointly implementing two complementary projects aimed at alleviating goat production problems caused by seasonal feed shortages in semi-arid India. One is entirely field-based and the other is primarily oriented towards laboratory feed evaluation: both started on 1 October 1997 and are due to end on 30 September 2000. The UK.'s Department for International Development is supporting the projects through its Livestock Production Programme.\ud \ud The title of the field-based project, the subject of this report, is: "Easing seasonal feed scarcity for small ruminants in semi-arid crop/livestock systems through a process of participatory research". The project is a multi-disciplinary one: the Project Leader for NRI is a socio-economist, whereas the Project Leader for BAIF is a veterinarian; and contributions are made by other staff from both organisations, who are from a variety of disciplines, including ruminant nutrition and agronomy.\ud \ud Until now the project has been working in three districts of north-west India - two in south Rajasthan (Bhilwara and Udaipur) and one in Gujarat (Bhavnagar). These districts were selected so that different goat production systems would be covered by the project (see Table 1). Limited diagnostic and needs assessment work has also been done in Vidisha district of Madhya Pradesh. During 2000 similar work will be done in two new districts - Dharwad (Kamataka) and Pune (Maharashtra); and if feed scarcity is an important constraint in those districts further trials may be undertaken there.
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