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Livestock

Drought and livestock

Posted on: 13 Jul, 2012
As livestock economy becomes larger than the foodgrain economy, government’s conventional drought management strategy needs an overhaul More than the country’s stock market, it is the livestock economy to which Prime Minister’s appeal of unleashing the “animal spirit” is applicable. Particularly when the country faces the threat of a severe drought.

The loss of our breeds

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2012
In June last year, we visited Malaysia on the invitation of the country’s oldest and most active consumer action group, The Consumer Association of Penang, to study the livestock production systems and to advise on how these can be transformed into more sustainable and less industrial farming systems.

Cattle burps

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2012
COWS are well-entrenched in the global climate change debate. Cud-chewing animals release methane, a greenhouse gas, when the fibrous matter breaks down and undergoes fermentation in their stomach. Though methane emissions are lower than CO2 ones, they are much more harmful—a kg of the gas has 21 times the effect of a kg of CO2.

Letters - April 15, 2012

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2012
Authority to fight hunger

Nomads fenced in

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2012

Letters - March 15, 2012

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2012
Puranas as sci-fi

Razing Aravalls (Video Special)

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2012

Aravallis razed

Issue Date: Feb 29, 2012
Call it sheer callousness of the Rajasthan government or connivance between administrative officials and mining mafia, two hills of the primitive Aravalli mountain range have been literally razed to the ground and beyond within a span of four years. All that remain are large open pits, as deep as several metres, interspersed with hundreds of dumpers, tractors and columns of granite, awaiting a final blow.

Rise of livestock

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2012
Policy makers in India are finally acknowledging a structural shift in the agriculture sector they have been noticing for a decade. Economic contribution of livestock is today more than that of food grain crops. Traditionally, of the three components of the sector—crops, livestock and fisheries—crops drove the growth, and food grains are a major part of it. As a result, policy and programmes focused on crops.

The goat gamble

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2010
Giyasilal Saini is a marginal farmer who has market savvy. It comes from experience. Living in a semi-arid area like Alwar in Rajasthan, he always knew he could not depend on farming alone. So he would keep some goats, like others in village Jaitpura. Then three years ago the pond that irrigated his tiny field dried up. “Rains have not been enough. I spent a fortune on irrigating my field but could not grow enough for my family,” said the 36-year-old. He devoted his energy to goat rearing.
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