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Use of animal products in traditional agriculture : a pilot project in southern India

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Abstract: Traditional Agriculture has generally been considered everywhere as a joint effort between humans and cattle. More than any other part of the world in India there is a deep link between farmer and his cattle. This is not merely an act of convenience that the cattle provides the draught power and certain inputs that are important in composting, pest control and crop protection (cattle dung, urine, etc.) but the partnership is much deeper with socio-cultural and spiritual dimensions. Inspite of the fact that tractors, tillers and mechanical implements have slowly started making inroads, cattle still remains central to traditional agriculture in India. In recent years there has been a great deal of interest, experiments and innovations on the use of animal products in traditional agriculture. Interestingly lots more has happened in the informal sector involving individual farmers, farming groups and community based organizations than in the formal research centres and the University. Under these circumstances the COMPAS partners decided to launch a coordinated pilot project on the theme of the role of animal products in traditional agriculture. This report summarizes the project.
Country: India
Category: Practice
Editor: Balasubramanian, A.V. , Nirmala Devi, T.D. , Merlin Franco, M.
Keywords: agriculture , animal production , rural development
Language: eng
Organization: ETC Foundation
PAGE: 146
Place: Chennai
Publisher: CIKS - Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems
Year: 2009
Region: South Asia
Right: © 2009 CIKS
Subject: Agriculture and Rural Development
Title: Use of animal products in traditional agriculture : a pilot project in southern India