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

abstract

  • Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) stover is themajor source of dry fodder for urban and peri-urban dairyproduction in Hyderabad, India (Tesfaye 1998). Choppedstover is transported to Hyderabad in lorries fromsorghum-growing regions as far away as 400 km. This isin addition to nonchopped stover coming in carts fromplaces 50?100 km from the city. The purchaser usuallyhas a choice between at least two types of stover. Foddertraders often name stover types after the regions fromwhere they come, or the cultivar that is grown there.Anecdotal evidence and discussions with fodder traderssuggested that stover prices vary ? often from shop toshop at the same time ? because of the cultivars and thecropping season (rainy or postrainy). Stover selling,transporting, trading and its use in dairy productionsupport the livelihood of many people from producers(farmers) to the end users. This study explored the economicvalue of sorghum stover in fodder trading and therelationship between stover price and quality
  • Stover selling, transporting, trading and its use in dairy production support the livelihood of many people from producers (farmers) to the end users in Hyderabad, India. This study explored the economic value of sorghum stover in fodder trading and the relationship between stover price and quality

publication date

  • 2006
  • 2006
  • 2006