EFFECT OF NITROGEN AND ZINC LEVELS ON YIELD AND ECONOMICS OF FODDER PEARL MILLET (PENNISETUM AMERICANUM L.)
VIMAL KHINCHI*, MOHD. ARIF AND S. M. KUMAWAT
Department of Agronomy,
S. K. Rajasthan Agricultural University,
Bikaner-334 006 (Rajasthan), India
*(e-mail : vk97agro@gmail.com)
(Received : 25 November 2017; Accepted : 27 January 2018)

SUMMARY

The present investigation was conducted in two districts (Bhiwani, Sirsa) of western Haryana. Further two tehsil were selected from each district and two villages from each tehsil were selected randomly. Twenty five buffalo rearers from each of village were selected thus making a sample of 200 buffalo rearers. Results of this study revealed that, most of the farmers stall fed buffaloes and grazed in common pasture land/ fallow fields. All the respondents used to chop dry fodder before feeding while 83.00 per cent of respondent chopped green fodder. A large number of (79.00 per cent) of buffalo keeper fed wheat straw to buffaloes. More than half, 63.00 per cent soaked and boiled concentrate mixture before feeding. A large number of buffalo keeper fed concentrate mixture to buffaloes in advance pregnancy and young calves. About 97.50 percent of respondent fed concentrate to young calf, while only 65.50 per cent fed concentrate mixture to heifers. About 64.00 per cent of the respondents gave 3-5 kg. Concentrate to lactating buffaloes. On the basis of this study it was recommended that buffalo keepers should be motivated through training and demonstration for balanced feeding and preparation of balanced concentrate mixture at home. Subsidies on mineral mixture and urea molasses mineral bricks should be provided to enhance these feed additives.

Key words: Western Haryana, rural, buffalo, feeding, management

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