Rye grasses are widely grown cool season grasses that are better suited and have greater agronomic potential in the northern mountainous regions of Pakistan. Since 2015, the AIP-ILRI project has been working to improve dairy production through higher biomass production of improved fodder varieties, especially in mountainous areas like Gilgit.
Chand Bibi, a female dairy farmer, successfully produced ryegrass seed to lay the foundation stone of a village-based seed enterprise in Danyore Valley through the AIP-ILRI improved fodder variety seed program.
Field monitoring and results show that she earned/saved US$ 479 in biomass production with a meager US$ 16 investment from AIP-ILRI, which initially provided only one kanal seed. This amount is in addition to 3 kg of ryegrass seed (US$ 16 per kg) she produced on three quarters of the land she cultivated last year.
Last year, the AIP-ILRI seeds program in Gilgit yielded US$ 3,311 from high biomass production on only 2.5 acres of land. This will help dairy farmers provide highly nutritious feed to their animals and increase milk production (0.5-2.5 L/day/animal).
Source: AIP Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 2, April-June 2016 (a newsletter of the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan). AIP-Livestock is led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). For feedback and queries, contact Ibrahim Mohammed (ILRI): firstname.lastname@example.org