Firoz Ahmad*, M S Malik

Silvopasture experiment was conducted to find out the performance of Melia azedarach (Bakain) with fodder crops in silvopastoral model of agroforestry under rainfed condition of Ranchi, Jharkhand. Four kind of fodder grasses viz., Stylosanthes hamata (Stylo), Arachis glabrata (Charabadam), Brachiaria mutica (Para grass) and Pennisetum purpureum x Pennisetum glaucum (NB Hybrid). Maximum growth was gained in Bakain in terms of tree height (185 cm) and collar diameter (24.97 mm) when intercropped with Stylo. Maximum green & dry fodder yield was observed in sole NB Hybrid grass, whereas Charabadam recorded maximum crude protein content in silvopastoral condition. The soil nutrient status of silvopasture was also raised as compared to sole tree/crops.

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