Feeding the Herds: Improving Fodder Resources in Bhutan (2001)

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This book provides substantial information on the grassland and fodder resources in Bhutan and their management. It is the result of a review, completed in 2001, carried out by the Renewable Natural Resources Research Centre Jakar. It contains a comprehensive summary of the results of more than 40 years of research into improving livestock fodder resources. The development of the livestock sector is of prime importance in Bhutan and, as in other parts of the Himalayan region, fodder is a significant limiting factor. Thus research into fodder development has long been a major component of the government research programme. Information obtained from the numerous available references was supplemented with information collected from various surveys planned and carried out as complementary activities for the review. A total of 276 references are listed. This book provides both a wealth of technical information and also a good insight into the legislative and farming systems framework for Bhutan's forage development programme. It is not only concerned with research, it also looks at extension activities and the impact of research and extension at the farmers level. The constraints to fodder development are discussed, as are policy issues and future needs and directions. More than 60 photos illustrate the topics dealt with. Not only will this book be of great use within Bhutan, as a comprehensive repository of the accumulated knowledge of nearly half a century, it also represents a major source of information for all those active in other areas of the HKH where there are similar conditions, and a similar need to feed the growing livestock resources.