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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:10, October, 2017

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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(10): 4778-4783

Hybrid Napier for Round the Year Quality Fodder Supply to the Dairy Industry- A Review
S.S. Kadam1*, Ashok Kumar2 and Mohd. Arif3
1Fodder Development Officer, Bombay Veterinary College,Mumbai- 400012, Maharashtra, India
2ICAR-NBSS & LUP, Regional Centre, New Delhi-110012, India
3Agronomy, Rajasthan College of Agriculture, MPUAT, Udaipur-313001, India
*Corresponding author

The dairy farming in India is becoming independent and economically viable enterprise that provides quick and regular income to the farmers from the sale of milk and its by-products. Beside, supplementing income of the farmers it also supports the livelihood in the event of crop failures, often occurred due to aberrant weather situation. However, success of dairy farming mainly depends on feed and fodder of good quality. Unfortunately, there is shortage of quality fodder in India due to less area under cultivation. The animals are largely fed on inferior quality fodders such as crop residues, straw, weeds and wild grasses from wastelands and forest. Such low quality feeding material leads to low milk productivity per animal. This situation needs to be addressed through alternative sources of fodder which could provide good quality fodder round the year so that the milk productivity as well as animal health may not jeopardised. In terms of quality and availability of good quality fodder hybrid napier proved to be a better option under Indian conditions because of its perennial nature, profuse tillering habit, high yield, palatability, nutritional value and suitability for silage making than other forage crops. Hybrid napier grass may be a boon for dairy industry on account of supply of adequate green fodder of high nutritional value with round the year availability and minimum expense on repeated fodder cultivation.

Keywords: Dairy farming, Farmers, Crop, Quality.

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Kadam, S.S., Ashok Kumar and Mohd. Arif. 2017. Hybrid Napier for Round the Year Quality Fodder Supply to the Dairy Industry- A Review.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(10): 4778-4783. doi:
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