Here’s why it’s good for your livestock
The BAIF Foundation for Research for Development (BDRF), which is located in Pune has now chosen to promote the use of the cactus as fodder for livestock.
Opuntia ficus, it turns out that it is used both fodder for the cattle and food for us, Homo Sapiens.
This less thorny cactus is found in arid and semi-arid regions of the world, where it is consumed. The fruit of the plant is used to produce jam and jelly in Mexico.
So how is this used for livestock fodder?
The southwest beef industry began to cultivate Opuntia as a new source of feed for cattle. It quickly gained popularity in Braziland Mexico.
Here are some of the benefits of using this cactus as fodder:
It takes relatively little water to grow as it can be grown in dry and semi-arid climates. He has a high water use efficiency (WUE) , using only 267 kg of water to produce 1 kg of dry matter, against 400 kilograms for pearl millet.
The plant is very beneficial during monsoons. It can generate 40 kg of dry matter per mm of rain per year, against 25 kg for millet, due to its high efficiency of rain use (URE).
For a minimum Workforce, it has the capacity to provide a significant amount of pleasant and nutritious green food for the animals.
Nothing is lost because the whole factory can be usedfor green fodder.
The nutritional value is out of this world. It contains a lot of vitamin Aas well as water soluble carbohydrates. The quality of the forage is equivalent to that of various other forage crops produced.
It is also an excellent reserve of water, because the liquid constitutes 90%of its content.
It can be used in a variety of soils. Not only that, but it can also help in combating soil erosion, desertification and reclamation of damaged land.
It also has great potential to capture carbon in the soil as well as in the air, thereby reducing carbon emissions in the region.
The plant could be especially valuable in January, when there is a shortage of green fodder, according to Ravi Kote, the institute’s senior thematic program manager.
“We can state that this cactus has been shown to be beneficial on the basis of our experiences in Uruli Kanchan, ”he said.
With all of these benefits, farmers are sure to find this cactus useful and popular.
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