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Economic GeographyVolume 1: Land, Water, and Agriculture$
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L. S. Bhat, H. S. Sharma, and M. H. Qureshi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199458417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199458417.001.0001

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(p.306) 9 Livestock
Economic Geography

Nishamani Kar

Oxford University Press

There exists an ecological issue in the livestock activities. Feed and fodder availability is vital. Nomadic herders are important in social as well as economic context. Livestock population is a part of the developing economy through its complementarity to crop cultivation. For example, India holds livestock resources of vast genetic diversity with 55 percent of the world buffalo population. Both drafting and dairying are important components within the primary sector. Cowdung, meat and residuals of fallen cattle also adds to the economy. Hence, a number of new areas of research have emerged. There exists identifiable culture related to livestock rearing. Emphasis is given to nutrition, animal diseases and veterinary services. Consequently, livestock is vital for rural development.

Keywords:   pedigree stock, nomadic herders, transhumance, cultural ecology

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