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India’s Livestock Feed Demand: Estimates and Projections


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  • Dikshit, A.K.
  • Birthal, Pratap Singh


The paper has estimated the feed consumption rates for different livestock species by age-group, sex, and function at the national level, and based on that the paper has generated demand for different types of feed by the year 2020. According to this study, by 2020 India would require a total 526 million tonnes (Mt) of dry matter, 855 Mt of green fodder, and 56 Mt of concentrate feed (comprising 27.4 Mt of cereals, 4.0 Mt of pulses, 20.6 Mt of oilseeds, oilcakes and meals, and 3.6 Mt of manufactured feed). In terms of nutrients, this translates into 738 Mt of dry matter, 379 Mt of total digestible nutrients and 32 Mt of digestible crude protein. The estimates of demand for different feeds will help the policymakers of the country in designing trade strategy to maximize benefits from livestock production.

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Article provided by Agricultural Economics Research Association (India) in its journal Agricultural Economics Research Review.

Volume (Year): 23 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 ()

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Handle: RePEc:ags:aerrae:92091

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Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy;


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  1. Dikshit, A.K. & Birthal, P.S., 2013. "Positive Environmental Externalities of Livestock in Mixed Farming Systems of India," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 26(1).


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