Diversification, Natural resource management
Farming Systems, Crops and Livestock Systems
Asia, India, Uttar Pradesh
Newborn calf holds out hope for Bundelkhand’s cattle
Doubling farmers, Livestock, Extended droughts, Fodder, Water shortage, Annapratha, Sustainable Livelihoods
Asia Program, ICRISAT Development Centre
BISLD, ICAR-IGFRI, ICAR-CAFRI, BUAT, Bharat Agriculture, Lakshya Seva Samiti, Gram Unnati, Samarpan Jan Kalyan Samiti, Samarth Foundation, Gram Unmesh Sansthan, Gramin Vikas Kendra, Upman Mahila Samsthan.
ICRISAT Happenings 1832-2, 13 December 2019
A female calf birthed recently in a north Indian village, following sexed sorted insemination, could herald the end of rampant abandoning of livestock in the region, thereby increasing farmers’ returns. The calf, born in Nathupura village of Mahoba district in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh state, is a result of insemination with sexed sorted semen which has a probability of yielding 90% female births. Extended droughts, fodder and water shortage force farmers in Bundelkhand to abstain from rainfed agriculture and let livestock loose to freely graze in summer. The practice is called ‘annapratha’. The grazing continues well into kharif (monsoon) season and is blamed for extensive crop damage.