Draught Animal Power in India
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PREFACE Agricultural production in India can only be increased through efficient utilization of various inputs. Though the country tops the world market in production of tractors yet more than 50 per cent of area covered by small and marginal land holdings is cultivated by draught animals throughout the country. The utilization of draught animal power must be seen in the broad context of the prevailing social, economic and farming environment of our country. In contrast of many developed countries, draught animals play a major role in the economics of Indian agriculture where majority of farmers depend on them for carrying out various farm operations. There is an urgent need to make utilization of draught animal more efficiently. The working animals can be greatly improved through better breeding, feeding, health and management. In addition, there is large scope of improvement in their harnessing systems as well as the implements or cart they pull. In recent years, many international and national centres have initiated important studies in this field. However, much more needs to be done before a comprehensive basis of systematic knowledge is available which satisfactorily integrates the necessary technical, economic and social information. There is a lack of reliable and factual information which, in turn, has resulted in paucity of articles, journals and books on the subject. It is this shortage of good resource material that makes the present book an important collection of articles. It is expected that the book will be useful to students, teachers, extension workers and others associated with this field. It will stimulate research and extension workers to pay more attention for increasing the utilization of draught animal. If this book can provide development workers and decision makers with a constructive perspective on draught animal power, we have achieved a great deal.
February 28, 2002
Dr. Pratap Singh Dr. A.N. Mathur Dr. R.N. Verma
Status and progress of animal draught power in india
Dr. N.S.L. Srivastava