Discipline: Animal Science
A systems approach project dealing with smallhold farmers, that was an offshoot of CASREN's Phase 1 activities discussed the impact of crop-goat integration through a techno-demo in improving farm productivity and family income. It used a participatory modality in all the activities undertaken. Crop-goat integration significantly improved farm productivity due to better animal performance resulting from upgrading and improved feeding management, and decreased mortality because of complete confinement and strategic deworming and improved cropping system and crop management. Farm family income was significantly increased by 146% after the interventions. Animal production contributed 60.65% while crop production, 31.88%. Nutrient cycling wherein manure produced was used as fertilizer for forage production and inclusion of food feed legumes in the system, was improved. The techno-demo served as good venue towards enhanced technology dissemination wherein the fanner partner played a significant role as source of information.