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Feeding Support Tool Development for Enhancing Dairy Animal Productivity for Improved Livelihood of Smallholder Dairy Farmers in Nepal

Principal Investigator (PI) and Lead Institution

Mr. Bhola Shankar Shrestha, Heifer Project International Nepal

Co-PI and Collaborator Institutions

Nepal Agricultural Research Council, National Dairy Development Board


The productivity of dairy animals (cattle and buffalo) in Nepal is generally low due to the cumulative effects of poor genetics, poor and inappropriate feed management and a large number of diseases. The most critical factor associated with low productivity is improper (inadequate and unbalanced) feeding. The overall goal of the proposed project is to increase the household income and create improved livelihoods of smallholder dairy farmers through improvement of dairy animal productivity particularly through feeding management improvement.

The specific objectives of this project are: (1) To analyze existing dairy animal feeding practices and identify major areas for improvement; (2) Develop and utilize a Feeding Support Tool (FST)/Ration Balancing Software (RBS) to enhance dairy animal productivity; and (3) Strengthen the capacity of the frontline livestock extension workers and smallholder dairy animal farmers (especially women farmers) on dairy animal feeding management.

Photo credit: Bhola Shrestha

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