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dc.contributorAslam, Muhammaden_US
dc.contributorHassan, Sawsanen_US
dc.contributorQamar, Imtiaz Ahmeden_US
dc.contributorSarker, Ashutoshen_US
dc.creatorLouhaichi, Mouniren_US
dc.identifier.citationMounir Louhaichi, Muhammad Aslam, Sawsan Hassan, Imtiaz Ahmed Qamar, Ashutosh Sarker. (12/8/2019). Changing the perception of smallholder farmers about cactus pear in Pakistan. Acta Horticulturae, 1247, pp. 131-136.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe increasing demands on water and feed resources across the world’s dry areas require alternative sources of animal feed – specifically crops with better water-use efficiency. One alternative with the potential for widespread contribution toward reducing the impact of reduced feed and water availability is the cactus pear (Opuntia ficus-indica). Therefore, the aim of this study was to promote O. ficus-indica as a feed resource for livestock, as it is a drought-resistant succulent plant that is spineless and holds a large amount of water. This study examined the adoption of cactus in Pakistan, through targeting 100 households selected from three strata groups: farmers not familiar with, farmers familiar with, and farmers who had already adopted cactus. Results indicated that there is a general acceptance of cactus by farmers, while farmers stated the lack of available technical or financial means as a reason for their lack of interest in cultivating cactus. The survey also showed that a large number of smallholder farmers are familiar with cactus and are also convinced that it can be adopted for livestock feeding. In conclusion, cactus has huge potential in Pakistan as a non-conventional and valuable fodder for resource-challenged areas, especially since farmers have very positive attitudes toward cactus adoption. However, more efforts are still needed to provide the appropriate technical information to ensure that the plant’s potential is effectively realized; this can be achieved through the active role of local institutions, NGOs and farmers’ associations.en_US
dc.publisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)en_US
dc.sourceActa Horticulturae;1247,(2019) Pagination 131,136en_US
dc.subjectspineless cactusen_US
dc.subjectdry areasen_US
dc.titleChanging the perception of smallholder farmers about cactus pear in Pakistanen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idLouhaichi, Mounir: 0000-0002-4543-7631en_US
cg.creator.idHassan, Sawsan: 0000-0002-5057-8957en_US
cg.creator.idSarker, Ashutosh: 0000-0002-9074-4876en_US
cg.subject.agrovocclimate changeen_US
cg.subject.agrovocpoverty alleviationen_US
cg.contributor.centerPakistan Agricultural Research Council, National Agricultural Research Center - PARC - NARCen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerPakistan Agricultural Research Council - PARCen_US
cg.contributor.crpCRP on Livestock Agri-Food Systems - LAFSen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Livestock Research Institute - ILRIen_US
cg.contributor.projectCGIAR Research Program on Livestock Agri-Food Systemsen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionSouthern Asiaen_US
dc.identifier.statusTimeless limited accessen_US

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