14 October, 2012

Environment and Livestock in India: With a Comparative Study of the Indian and US Dairy Systems

Environment and Livestock in India: With a Comparative Study of the Indian and
US Dairy Systems

By- S.N. Mishra and A.K. Dikshit

This book presents the first comprehensive study of the national and global environmental effects of India’s livestock production system. The first few chapters provide a descriptive account of India’s livestock biodiversity as determined by environmental conditions, modes of livestock farming, chief features of mixed livestock farming integrated with agriculture, and its direct and indirect linkages with environment. The authors have also formulated an environmental model of the livestock production system in an input-output framework. Environmental effects are shown to occur on both sides of the system. The model should be of interest to environmental scientists and economists.

Based on the model the book provides estimates of greenhouse gases (methane) emission from cattle and buffaloes, carbon dioxide emission prevented due to animal energy use in agriculture arising out of fossil-fuel saving, arable land area saved by recycling agricultural by-products as animal feed, as also from during cake as a source of biofuel, and the saving of chemical fertilizers by using during as manure. The authors then value these positive environmental contributions in rupee terms. Interestingly, they conclude that the sum of these values is much more than the value of output of India’s livestock sector as a whole.

Finally, the book compares the environmental effects of the Indian dairy production system with that of the US. This comparison is particularly addressed to environmentally concerned readers in the developed world.

Dr. S.N. Mishra (b. 1935) is a well known name for his pioneering contributions to economics of livestock in India.

Dr. A.K. Dikshit is presently an Associate Fellow at Livestock Research and Conservation Centre, Society for Economic and Social Research (SESR), Delhi. He has published a number of research papers in journals on various topics relating to livestock

ISBN  978-81-7304-563-9   2004   196p.   Rs.500/Pounds 35

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