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The Challenges and Amelioration of Enteric Methane Emissions from Indian Livestock

Raghavendra Bhatta and P.K. Malik

ICAR-National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Adugodi, Bangalore

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal October 2021 : 98 (10) - pages 17 to 22
(Received: , Accepted: )


Livestock production and climate change are intermixed through complex mechanisms and the influence of one over other is evident. Last few decades, livestock production has an impact on climate change through the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). In India, ICAR-NIANP has created a database for the prediction of methane emission through IPCC tier systems. Accordingly, the prevailing challenges that pose hindrances in achieving the reduction in methane emission are Low productivity, Poor quality feed resources, Inconsistency of methane amelioration strategies, Complexity of rumenmicrobial system, Unexplored community of rumen archaea and it can be overcome by implementation of amelioration strategies such as by changing the feed composition by inclusion of tanniniferous tropical tree leaves, Agricultural waste products, Anti-methanogenic product. Hence, a research for long-term inexpensive and farmer’s friendly methane amelioration strategies which is irrespective to the season and regions should be developed to cover all over the country.

Key Words: Amelioration, Enteric, Methane, Emissions, Livestock

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