Issue Date: Dec 15, 2005
There is so much about rural India that escapes notice that one more area of neglect will not break the camel's back. I am talking about the crisis of fodder for livestock. A grim silence surrounds it. 'Grim', because in rural India, domestic animals aren't 'pets' but engines that drive the economy. They provide resilience and wealth -- people cope with adverse conditions because of their livestock. But no policy exists on how to feed these 500 million or so animals.
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