ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Livestock Economy and Foodgrain Demand

J George G S BHALLA and Peter Hazell (1997, henceforth BH) need to be congratulated for bringing the livestock feeding regimen into the mainstream of discussion in agriculture and allied sectors. The article also breaks new ground by highlighting the importance of the symbiotic relationship existing in the natural resource economy. However, a caution needs to be sounded here on the prescriptions advocated by BR It is essential because the symbiotic relationship is very complex due to interactions between biological, economic and socio-cultural entities. The one-way approach of BH is too pedantic to capture some of these complexities. The Indian livestock economy is characterised by multi- product and multi-biological sources as also the input-use matrix. The two suggested Asian models fundamentally differ from the Indian model on account of 'weeding' practices and also on the animal power front. The earlier preoccupations of commentators and scholars with the supply side of animal husbandry have already provoked strident discussion [George 1983, 1986a and 1988].

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