Economic value of sorghum stover traded as fodder for urban and peri-urban dairy production in Hyderabad, India

Blummel, M and Rao, P P (2006) Economic value of sorghum stover traded as fodder for urban and peri-urban dairy production in Hyderabad, India. International Sorghum and Millets Newsletter, 47. pp. 97-100.

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Abstract

Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] stover is the major source of dry fodder for urban and peri-urban dairy production in Hyderabad, India (Tesfaye 1998). Chopped stover is transported to Hyderabad in lorries from sorghum-growing regions as far away as 400 km. This is in addition to nonchopped stover coming in carts from places 50–100 km from the city. The purchaser usually has a choice between at least two types of stover. Fodder traders often name stover types after the regions from where they come, or the cultivar that is grown there. Anecdotal evidence and discussions with fodder traders suggested that stover prices vary — often from shop to shop at the same time — because of the cultivars and the cropping season (rainy or postrainy). Stover selling, transporting, trading and its use in dairy production support the livelihood of many people from producers (farmers) to the end users. This study explored the economic value of sorghum stover in fodder trading and the relationship between stover price and quality.

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Subjects: Mandate crops > Sorghum
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Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2011 11:18
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URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/1120
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