This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project titles: R6610: Introduction of fodder legumes into
rice-based cropping systems and their use as supplements in straw-based
rations for dairy cattle in Bangladesh and R6619: Husbandry strategies
for improving the sustainable utilisation of forages to increase
profitable milk production from cows and goats on smallholder farms in
Growing forage legumes with rice, either together or in succession, has
been shown to be one answer to the feed shortages that face dairy cattle
keepers in Bangladesh—where intensive rice production leaves little land
available for forage production. Plus, as an added bonus, growing
legumes also increases soil fertility—which in turn boosts rice
production. Since feed is the major outlay for dairy producers, making
cheaper, higher quality fodder available in this way would have a real
and long-lasting impact on the lives of the poor. Cheap, easy-to-make
urea molasses blocks are another way of boosting milk production, as
animals gain essential nutrients as they lick them.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (12 pp.) taken from the CD.
LPP08, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 67.