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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(8): 4390-4395
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.708.461


“Korangadu”- Traditional Dry land Grass Farming System
N. Bharathy*, K. Sivakumar, V. Ramesh, D. Anandha Prakash Singh, K. Chinnamani and A. Clement Ebenezer Henry
Department of Livestock Production and Management, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Namakkal - 637 002, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

In India, grazing lands are around 12 million hectares which constituted the main grazing resources for the huge livestock population (512.05 million). But the productivity of the grazing lands is low due to over grazing and poor management. There is urgent need to improve the productivity of community grazing lands through sowing mixed stand of grasses and legume, increase grazing period and plantation of fodder trees on grazing lands. Korangadu pasture a private pasture land and a time tested model maintained by the farmers and it is the major source of feeding on zero budgets. Korangadu typically consists of a mixture of grass, legume and tree species including annual and perennials. It has predominantly three major species of flora, which are spatially in three tiers. The lower tier is grown with kolukattai grass (Cenchrus sp.), an upper tree species include Velvel (Acacia leucophloea) and land is fenced with thorny shrub locally called as Mullu Kiluvai (Commiphora berryii) as live fence makes up the middle tire. Once established pasture land with tree fodder will serve for 3-5 years with less labour and investment. Even the lands covered grove, waste lands, porampok lands may be converted into pasture land and the animals may be allowed to graze. This is comparatively cheaper than harvesting and chaffing the fodder to feed the animals.


Keywords: Korangadu, Three tier, Grazing system
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Bharathy, N., K. Sivakumar, V. Ramesh, D. Anandha Prakash Singh, K. Chinnamani and Clement Ebenezer Henry, A. 2018. “Korangadu”- Traditional Dry land Grass Farming System.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(8): 4390-4395. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.708.461