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dc.contributorIslam, Muhammaden_US
dc.contributorQamar, Imtiaz Ahmeden_US
dc.creatorLouhaichi, Mouniren_US
dc.date2015-07-11en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-01T21:37:09Z
dc.date.available2016-02-01T21:37:09Z
dc.identifierhttps://mel.cgiar.org/reporting/download/hash/9WOPU3WWen_US
dc.identifier.citationMounir Louhaichi, Muhammad Islam, Imtiaz Ahmed Qamar. (11/7/2015). Introduction of Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) as a multi-purpose crop under intensive production system.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11766/3693
dc.description.abstractIn Pakistan, rangelands are the major source of feed for about 167.5 million heads of livestock. At present rangelands are being grazed by all kinds of livestock. About 40 percent of feed requirements for horses, donkeys and camels, 60 percent of the goats and sheep are met from rangelands whereas only 5-10 percent of the population of cattle and buffaloes graze in the rangelands despite they are heavily overgrazed, and has reduced the carrying capacity by 30 to 50 percent of their potential. Livestock are under-fed throughout the year because of lack of quality feed and it goes worst during the lean periods (December-February and May-June). Therefore, concerted efforts will be needed to improve the forage production from these rangelands on sustainable basis. In this situation, the cactus plant (Opuntia spp.) has a potential to produce high biomass of green forage –ranging from 30-250 tons/ha and have a source of essential nutrients. The introduction of cactus can reduce the pressure on scarce water resources and rangeland vegetation. Simply during feeding, pads would be harvested, cut into small pieces, and distributed to animals - a ‘cut and carry’ methodology that is common in many cactus-cultivating countries including Brazil, South Africa, and Tunisia. The main objective of plantation of cactus in the dry area of Chakwal is to overcome the pressure exerted on already deteriorated rangelands and non-availability of feed during scarcity months. Furthermore, the fruit of cactus can be sold at the local market to general additional income and enhance livelihood of agro-pastoral communities.en_US
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dc.languageenen_US
dc.rightsCC-BY-NC-4.0en_US
dc.subjectagropastoralen_US
dc.subjectcactusen_US
dc.subjectlivelihooden_US
dc.subjectcrop-livestocken_US
dc.subjectCactusen_US
dc.titleIntroduction of Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) as a multi-purpose crop under intensive production systemen_US
dc.typeInternal Reporten_US
cg.creator.idLouhaichi, Mounir: 0000-0002-4543-7631en_US
cg.creator.idIslam, Muhammad: 0000-0001-9889-8960en_US
cg.creator.ID-typeORCIDen_US
cg.creator.ID-typeORCIDen_US
cg.subject.agrovocagronomyen_US
cg.subject.agrovocclimate change adaptationen_US
cg.subject.agrovocincomeen_US
cg.subject.agrovocland degradationen_US
cg.subject.agrovocrangelandsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocresilienceen_US
cg.subject.agrovocrural communitiesen_US
cg.subject.agrovocsmall ruminantsen_US
cg.subject.agrovocextensionen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerPakistan Agricultural Research Council - PARCen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems - DSen_US
cg.contributor.funderCGIAR System Organization - CGIARen_US
cg.coverage.regionSouthern Asiaen_US
cg.coverage.countryPKen_US
cg.coverage.admin-unitChakwalen_US
cg.coverage.geolocationLatitude: 33.1488889; Longitude: 72.83166666666666en_US
cg.coverage.start-date2015-01-01en_US
cg.coverage.end-date2015-06-30en_US
cg.contactm.louhaichi@cgiar.orgen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US


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