Cactusnet: Promoting the social and ecological benefits of cactus production: Promoting Cactus as an alternative and sustainable livestock feed

Published Date
November 30, 2014
Type
Brief
Cactusnet: Promoting the social and ecological benefits of cactus production: Promoting Cactus as an alternative and sustainable livestock feed
Authors:
Hichem Ben Salem
Mounir Louhaichi

Given their high-water efficiency and ability to withstand extremely dry conditions, cactus is increasingly being recognized as a more sustainable alternative to traditional livestock forage in dryland areas. This high-energy, nutrient-rich plant can reduce pressures on already-depleted natural resources and provide farmers with a guaranteed source of water during the dry season. As knowledge of these benefits spreads, cactus-producing countries are refining the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of this valuable resource.

Citation:
Hichem Ben Salem, Mounir Louhaichi. (30/11/2014). Cactusnet: Promoting the social and ecological benefits of cactus production: Promoting Cactus as an alternative and sustainable livestock feed. Beiurt, Lebanon: The International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).