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Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231573

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231573.001.0001

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Forage, Fodder, and Animal Nutrition

Forage, Fodder, and Animal Nutrition

(p.198) (p.199) Chapter 12 Forage, Fodder, and Animal Nutrition

Ali Nefzaoui

Hichem Ben Salem

University of California Press

The West Asia/North Africa (WANA) region has winters with low and erratic rainfall; hot, dry summers; and characterized by high population growth, limited areas of arable land, harsh deserts, and limited water resources for irrigation development. The search for plant species with the ability to grow and produce in arid areas has been a permanent concern in most WANA countries. Such plants must successfully withstand water shortage, high temperature, and poor soil fertility. Cacti, particularly platyopuntias (Opuntia ficus-indica), can satisfy the requirements of a drought-resistant fodder. This chapter focuses on raising cactus fruits, particularly platyopuntias, for forage and fodder in the WANA region; discusses the use of cacti as fodder; and examines the integration of platyopuntias with other feed resources in the WANA region.

Keywords:   West Asia, North Africa, WANA, cacti, platyopuntias, drought-resistant fodder, forage, fodder, feed resources

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