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CONSTRAINTS PERCEIVED BY THE MEENA TRIBES IN ADOPTION OF IMPROVED DAIRY FARMING PRACTICES

H. R. Meena and R. M. Fulzele

Abstract

The present investigation was conducted in Udaipur and Banswara district of Rajasthan to study the constraints experienced by the Meena tribes in adoption of improved dairy farming practices (IDFPs). The study reported that majority of respondents experienced the constraints such as preference of natural service, lack of good breed-able bulls, lack of A. I. centres, ill equipped A.I. centres, lack of service at A.I. centres, distant location of veterinary hospital in breeding practices; whereas majority of the respondents experienced constraints in feeding practices such as belief that colostrums feeding is unhygienic and it may be harmful to the health of calves, high cost involved in purchase of ingredients concentrate mixture and lack of knowledge about proper amount of concentrate feeding. As far as constraints in management are concerned, non-availability of livestock extension officers and veterinary doctors in time, distant location of veterinary dispensary and belief that anger of god(s)/ goddess(s) cause diseases in animals were experienced. Regarding fodder production practices, preference of growing food crops and cash crops rather than fodder crops, non-availability of surplus land for fodder cultivation and lack of irrigation water facilities round the year were the main constraints experienced by the tribes.

Keyword: Constraintsl; Breeding practices; Colostrums; Livestock

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