Cactusnet: Promoting the social and ecological benefits of cactus production: Promoting Cactus as an alternative and sustainable livestock feed
Ben Salem, Hichem
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Given their high-water efficiency and ability to withstand extremely dry conditions, cactus is increasingly being recognized as a more sustainable alternative to traditional livestock forage in dryland areas. This high-energy, nutrient-rich plant can reduce pressures on already-depleted natural resources and provide farmers with a guaranteed source of water during the dry season. As knowledge of these benefits spreads, cactus-producing countries are refining the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of this valuable resource.