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IMPROVING FODDER QUALITY OF PANICUM GRASS THROUGH INTERCROPPING OF LEGUMES AND THEIR INOCULATION

 Muhammad Arshad Ullah*, Nazir Hussain**, Helge Schmeisky*** and Muhammad Rasheed**** 

  * Land Resources Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre, Park Road, Islamabad, Pakistan. ** Water Research and Development, Qatar Shell Research and Technology, Doha, Qatar. *** Department of Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation, Faculty of Organic Agriculture, University of Kassel, Witzen hausen, Germany. **** Department of Agronomy, PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Corresponding author: arshad_pak786@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

 A protocol was conducted under rainfed conditions for two years at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) Islamabad, Pakistan. Treatments comprising intercropping of Panicum grass with legumes (33%, 50% and 67%) with or without inoculation to investigate its fodder quality. The study clearly indicated that quality of fodder increased significantly both with the legumes and inoculation. The intercropping of Panicum grass with 67% inoculation proved the best combination. The 6-7% higher crude protein (CP) of mixed fodder was recorded from 67% intercropping in comparison to grass alone while inoculation increased it by further 1-2%. Results also suggested that total digestible nutrients (TDN) were increased by 2-4% as compared to other treatments.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research

September

Vol. 32, Iss. 3, Pages 416-561

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