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Crop-Animal Systems Research Network of Thailand (CASREN-Thailand) has been surveyed for general information on livestock-crops farming systems to find out the main problems encountered by smallholder farmers and to implement appropriate technologies to farmers in order to improve farm productivity. Using a farmer participatory approach, recommended technologies such as on-farm feed production and feeding strategies have been offered to farmers. Improving on-farm grass yield by using high production grass varieties such as Purple Guinea grass could increase both quantity and quality of roughage for animals. Cassava/legumes intercropping could provide protein sources for both animal and human (food-feed system), however, the role of legumes in improving soil fertility should be also considered. In addition, supplementation with cassava hay produced on-farm could improve animal productivity particularly milk quality such as milk fat. Moreover, production and utilization of home-made concentrate using local feed resources was key to decrease the cost of production. The overall activities under CASREN-Thailand are fulfilled by improving crop-livestock production systems in rainfed areas. © Asian Network for Scientific Information, 2007.
Author(s): Wanapat M, Petlum A, Wongnen N, Matarat S, Khampa S, Rowlinson P
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
ISSN (print): 1680-5194
Publisher: Asian Network for Scientific Information