In the hilly areas of Uttarakhand, a typical farming household has one or two cows, one buffalo and a bullock, and cultivates cereals and vegetables on tiny terraced plots. Livestock make important contributions to livelihoods but providing sufficient feed for them continues to remain a challenge, especially during the winter months.
Livestock are important to the livelihoods and food and nutritional security of small scale farmers in remote hilly areas of northeast India. As demand for milk and milk products rises, poor livestock keeping households can improve their incomes by shifting from subsistence to market-oriented production. Continue reading
Classical Swine Fever (CSF) is a highly contagious, potentially fatal viral disease caused by positive sense RNA virus affecting pigs of all ages It is endemic in Northeast India. Continue reading
Pigs are an important component of livelihoods and food and nutritional security in Nagaland, Northeast India. Intensifying pig production to increase income and other outcomes, however, requires an integrated approach that addresses needs for better pig housing, nutrition, health and genetics. To address the heal challenges, a new model for the delivery of animal health services has been developed and tested as part of a Tata-ILRI partnership program in Nagaland. Continue reading
In Nagaland, Northeast India, pigs are the preferred livestock species and most families rear one to three pigs either for household consumption or for selling or for both. Demand for pigs and pork is growing rapidly and currently outstrips local supply. Intensifying pig production systems and shifting from subsistence to more commercially-oriented production could significantly improve local livelihoods and increase cash income for farmers. The main constraint faced by farmers is proper feeding of their pigs. Continue reading
This report – Enhancing livelihoods through livestock knowledge systems (ELKS) in Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Nagaland: Knowledge Attitude and Practice (KAP) baseline report 2013 – by Pamela Pali, Harrison Rware, Jane Poole, Sapna Jarial and V. Padmakumar was recently released by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The survey was conducted to assess the current level … Continue reading
The Tata-ILRI partnership programme – Enhancing livelihoods through livestock knowledge systems (ELKS) – is a partnership between the Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) & its Allied Trusts and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to reduce poverty in rural India. The annual report 2012 is now available. The programme which is implemented by ILRI since … Continue reading