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Modeling and forecasting livestock feed resources in India using climate variables.


Agriculture is the main occupation in India, and about 60% of the population is engaged in this activity. The net cultivated area is about 142 million hectares, and livestock rearing is an integral part of the various farming systems, with 304.7 million bovine population and 215.7 million sheep and goats. Arable agriculture contributes a major fodder resource in the form of crop residues, which are extensively fed to the animals. The area under fodder crops amounts to 4.75% (8.9 million hectares) of the total cultivated area. The total area of permanent pastures and grasslands is about 12.8 million hectares. An area of 15.6 million hectares, classified as waste land, is also used for grazing. Forests, and their associated grasslands and fodder trees, are another major source of grazing and fodder collection (Singh et al., 2004; Mishra, 2005).

The animal species raised include the cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, horses, pigs and poultry, besides some less common species such as yak, camel and mithun. One of the notable characteristics of the Indian livestock sector is that, almost its entire feed requirement is met from crop residues and byproducts, grasses, weeds and tree leaves and grazing on common lands and harvested fields (Dikshit and Birthal, 2010). More reliance on crop residues with a low nutrition level does not produce optimum output. Consequently, larger numbers of livestock are kept for producing the required milk, meat and work purposes of their owners. If healthy and well-fed animals are used with improved equipment and processes, India can get increased output from a lesser number of livestock, thus reducing the burden on land (World Bank, 1999; Mishra et al., 2007).

Feed scarcity is the main limiting factor to improving livestock productivity and for example, the actual milk yield of bovines is reported to be 26 to 51 per cent below the attainable yield under field conditions (Birthal and Jha, 2005). Hence, proper assessment and efficient management of available feed resources are vital to improve the productivity of animals and also, the socioeconomic development of the country. It also helps the planners to make appropriate decisions at the right time. The quality of the decision largely depends on the quality of the forecast (De Lurgio and Bhame, 1991; Jain, 1996). The major use of forecasting, as it relates to modeling, is to predict the value of a model's variables as well as the logical relationships of the model at some time in the future. There are three types of forecasts: i) short-term (up to one year) forecasts, which are used mainly in deterministic (certainty) models; ii) Intermediate term (one to three years) forecasts; and iii) long-term (beyond three years) forecasts, which are used in both deterministic and probabilistic models. The present paper focuses on modeling and forecasting of livestock feed resources, using probabilistic models such as Autoregressive (AR), to study the influence of climatic and non-climatic variables on the availability of feed resources.


Study area and data collection

The assessment and forecasting of feed resources for livestock was carried out for the entire country. India, the seventh largest country in the world, lies between latitudes 8oand 37[degrees] N and longitudes 68[degrees] and 97[degrees] E and occupies a geographical area of 329 million hectares. The country exhibits great diversity in climate, topography, flora, fauna and land use. The precipitation ranges from 150 mm in western and north-western desert to about 9,000 mm in Meghalaya in the north-east. The temperature ranges from sub zero in the Himalayas to about 50[degrees]C in the central and western parts.

The secondary data on area and production of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, and land use (gross cropped area, acreage under fodder crops, forests, permanent pastures and grazing land, cultural waste land and current fallows) were collected from the Department of Economics and Statistics, Animal Husbandry department, Government of India and Indian Harvest from Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) for the period of 1970 to 2010. The data on climate variables (rainfall and its deviation from normal) were collected from CMIE.

Categories of feed resources

According to Devendra (1997), three major categories of feeds are: i) Pastures and forages--these include native and improved grasses, herbaceous legumes and multipurpose trees ii) Crop residues (dry fodder)--cereal straws, stovers, groundnut haulms etc. iii) Agro-industrial by-products--good examples are cereal bran, coconut cake, palm kernel cake, soya bean, meal, molasses, distillers dried grains. The availability of dry fodder, greens and concentrates was calculated using a suitable extraction ratio, also called as residues to product ratio (RPR). The coefficients used for conversion in the present study are given in Table 1 (Agriculture Statistics at glance, 2008).

The quantum of green fodder, dry fodder and concentrate feed was converted into dry matter (DM) by applying a factor of 0.25 for green fodder, and 0.90 for dry fodder and concentrate feed. The factors for conversion of DM from each source into total digestible nutrients (TDN) were taken as 0.534 for green fodder, 0.476 for dry fodder, and 0.780 for concentrate feed. The factors for conversion of DM from each source into crude protein (CP) were 0.073, 0.016 and 0.180 for green fodder, dry fodder and concentrate feed, respectively (Dikshit and Birthal, 2010). The major fodder crops like maize, sorghum, pearl millet, Egyptian clover, Lucerne, cluster bean etc., were considered. The area under fodder crops was calculated to be 8.9 million ha, and the fodder productivity was estimated by using the weighted average of 40.93 tonnes/ha, considering the minimum yield of each fodder crop (Hand book of Agriculture, 2005). The weighted average was calculated by using the formula

[bar.x] = [x.sub.1] [w.sub.1] + [x.sub.2] [w.sub.2] + ... + [x.sub.k] [w.sub.k]/[w.sub.1] + [w.sub.2] + ... + [w.sub.k]

where [x.sub.1], [x.sub.2] ... [x.sub.k] are yields of different fodder crops and

[w.sub.1] [w.sub.2].... [w.sub.k] are weights attached to each fodder crop.

Weight for each fodder crop is the proportion of area under crop, to the total area under fodder crops.

Statistical analysis

In order to assess and forecast the feed resources availability for better management of livestock, linear time series models were developed by using Time Series Forecasting System (TSFS) of SAS 9.2 (SAS, 2009). Higher-order auto-regressive (AR) models with lags ranging from 1 to 19 were developed, with climatic and non-climatic factors as regressors. The climatic factors considered in the models were actual rainfall and the deviation of rainfall from normal. The non-climatic factors such as yield, area under crop etc., were also included in the models. Autocorrelation function plot (ACF) was performed to detect the presence of autocorrelation in the data and identify the order of time lag to account for it in modeling. Normalized plots of residuals and plots of standardized versus predicted values were examined as part of diagnostic phase of modeling to assess normality distribution of residuals and homogeneity of variance over the time respectively. The canonical form of full model used for various crop yields is

[Y.sub.t] = [[theta].sub.0] + [[PHI].sub.1] [Y.sub.t-1] + [[PHI].sub.2] [Y.sub.t-2] + [PHI]3 [Y.sub.t-3] +.... + [[theta].sub.1]rainfall + [[theta].sub.2]rainfall deviation + [[theta].sub.3]AUC + [[theta].sub.4] Yield + [epsilon]

Where, [Y.sub.t-1] [sub.1][Y.sub.t-2] [sub.1][Y.sub.t-3] ... are past data at time t-1, t-2, ... , [[PHI].sub.1], [[PHI].sub.2], [[PHI].sub.3].... and [[theta].sub.1], [[theta].sub.2], [[theta].sub.3] ... are the co-efficient of autoregressive models, AUC is the Area under crop, Yield is the yield of crop per hectare, and [epsilon] is the error component. The best model was selected based on Root Mean Square Error (RMSE) and Co-efficient of determination ([R.sup.2]) values (Box and Jenkins, 1976).


Best fitting models

The data on production of 23 crops for 40 years, along with climatic and non-climatic factors were used to develop the time series forecasting models. The best fitting models were assessed based on minimum value of RMSE, and the maximum value of [R.sup.2.] Two climatic factors i.e., actual rainfall, and its deviation from normal were used in the models. The non-climatic variables such as temporal factors (trend, seasonality, cyclical and other fluctuations), lag period (serial correlation or successive dependence of data), area under crop, and crop yield (to account for the improvement in management practices and technology) were also considered in the model development. The time lag period was maximum (19 years) for sunflower, and minimum (one year) for cassava. The climatic and non-climatic factors were significant (p<0.05) for most of the crops. The characteristics of higher order autoregressive models with different time lag periods to account for the variation due to serial correlation, and other variables for different crops are given in Table 2, and depicted in Figure 1.

The best fitting models for different types of land use pattern (Table 3, Figure 1) were: linear trend for gross cropped area; linear (Holt) exponential smoothing for the land uses like forest, permanent pastures and grazing; log linear (Holt) exponential smoothing for the area under miscellaneous tree crops and groves; higher order autoregressive for current fallows, other fallows and the area under fodder crops. Actual rainfall and its deviation from normal were significant (p<0.05) for both types of fallows, and the area under fodder crops.

The auto-regressive models are more efficient than simple linear regression models for longitudinal data. To exploit the cross-sectional and temporal attributes of data sets, auto-regressive models were developed for each crop. This method is appropriate for longitudinal data (Pinheiro and Bates, 2000; Zuur et al., 2009), where observations within a group are more often similar, than when predicted on a pooled data basis. The simple linear regression ignores the grouping effect and violates the assumption of independence of observations. In a similar type of study in Tanzania, Pedram Rowhani et al. (2011) relied only on the first order autoregressive models to capture the serial correlation structure. However, in the present work, time lag period was extended further back till the complete capture of the serial correlation structure, and hence, these well developed models are more efficient for prediction of feed resources.

Two climatic factors, actual rainfall, and its deviation from normal, were used as regressors in the auto-regressive models. Both were significant (p<0.05) for most of the oilseeds (sunflower, safflower, cotton and rapeseed & mustard) and pulse crops like Bengal gram. These factors, though not statistically significant for the remaining crops, have very low probability (p) value, indicating their potential contribution in the models. Hence, the autoregressive models obtained are more efficient when rainfall variability is included for forecasting feed resources. Several studies have shown that change in climatic parameters affects the agricultural production. Droughts, floods, heavy precipitation events and heat waves are known to negatively impact agricultural production (Naresh Kumar et al., 2011). Fluctuations in rainfall have widespread effects on each stage of crop management, starting from seedbed preparation until harvest (Hollinger, 1994). The non-climatic factors, such as, area under crop and yield of crop were also studied for their effect by using the auto-regressive models. These factors are significant (p<0.001) across all the crops, and inclusion of them enhanced the predictive efficiency of models. This empirical study is first of its kind to document effects of climatic and non-climatic factors on livestock feed resources avaiablity in India.

Significance of non-climatic factors in the auto regressive models indicate the variablity associated with change in managemental practices and/or technological progress in agriculture over the years. Most of the previous studies either used time as the only factor to represent temporal changes, or, climatic factors along with time, in developing the models (Wheeler et al., 2000; Challinor et al., 2005; Porter and Semenov, 2005; Pedram Rowhani et al., 2011). The present study attempts to capture the variation due to these factors in the model building. Failure to allow these specific characteristics may result in inferior forecast of aspects of interest, and results in inaccurate estimates of feed resource availability.

Assessment of feed resources

Assessment of livestock feed resources is the main focus of this study. The standard conversion factors like straw to grain ratio, cake to grain ratio etc were used to estimate the availability of dry fodder and concentrates (Table 1). The straw/stover to grain ratio for cereals varied between 1 and 2.5. Among cereal grains, the proportion used for feed purposes is maximum for maize (40%) and minimum for rice and wheat (2%). In case of Cassava, 12% of tuber production is used for livestock feed (Srinivas and Anantharaman, 2005). Pulse husks or legume hulls, a by-product of pulse milling industries is a source of animal feed and 3% of pulse production contributes to husk. Among the oilseed cakes, the contribution from soya bean is the maximum (73%). For sugarcane, 25% of cane production is considered in the calculation of greens. Among various other sources of green fodder, the productivity varied between one to 40.93 tons per hectare.

The standard conversion factors like straw to grain ratio, cake to grain ratio etc., were used to estimate the availability of dry fodder and concentrates. In some of the earlier studies (e.g., Ramachandra et al., 2007), similar conversion factors were used for estimating the availability of feed resources. The contribution from cassava is included in the present study, as the byproducts obtained during flour extraction from cassava are being widely used as cattle feed. The area under fodder crops has marginally increased from 6.9 million hectares in 1970 to 8.9 million hectares in 2011. The conversion factors used for estimating fodder crop yields were obtained by using the weighted average method, taking into consideration, yield and area under different fodder crops (Hand Book of Agriculture, 2005), with an average yield of 40.93 tonnes/ha. Ramachandra et al. (2007) estimated the greens availability from fodder crops by assuming that 4% of gross cropped area is under fodder crops. In a study by Jain and Shivatar singh (1990), the availability of feed resources was quantified by merely assuming the conversion factors for crop residues and greens. The inclusion of fodder crops and cassava has increased the total feed resources availability by 80 mt in the present study.

There is a decreasing trend in the forest area, permanent pastures and grazing land, land under miscellaneous tree crops, cultural waste land and fallows and it has a greater negative impact on the dry matter availability from greens. Natural pastures are most commonly utilized feed resources in India and contribute significant amount of feed. However, the contribution and productivity of pasture lands is declining with time, mainly due to their diversion for other purposes, and thus reducing the total feed resources availability for livestock (Misra et al., 2007).

Forecasting of feed resources

Forecasting of feed resources is the third important aspect, after modeling and assessment as forecasts are useful to policy makers for contingency planning in the country. Feed resources availability from dry fodder, greens and concentrates were forecasted by using best fitted models developed for this purpose. Forecasting up to 2030 was done in this study (Table 4, Figure 1). The availability of dry fodder from crop residues increased from 160.8 mt in 1970 to 296.2 mt in 2010, and is predicted to jump further to 409.4 mt by 2030. Similarly, the production of concentrates increased from just 18.5 mt in 1970 to 44.8 mt in 2010. By 2030, it is forecasted to be 61.2 mt. The availability of greens improved from 120.6 mt in 1970 to 136.7 mt in 2010, and is forecasted for a modest decrease to 135.6 mt by 2030.

The total available dry matter in the country increased from 299.9 mt in 1970 to 477.7 mt at present. During the last 40 years, the availability of total DM, concentrates, crop residues and greens increased by 59%,142%, 84% and 13%, respectively. The current availability of TDN and DCP in the country is estimated to be 248.9 mt and 22.8 mt, respectively, and it is forecasted that their availability will be 315.0 mt and 27.5 mt, respectively, by 2030.

Timely forecasting of national animal feed resources is very important for planners and policy makers, as the actual assessment based on the crop production data for any given year is available only after a lapse of 10 to 14 months. Better forecasting provides the right information at right time. In a report, Ramachandra et al. (2007) assessed the feed availability retrospectively though such information will be of limited practical utility. Current and prospective information on feed resources availability is more important for contingency planning. Additionally, the feed resources are more affected by seasonality and other factors such as difficulty in handling and storing crop residues, pest infestation, molding and fire risk (Hilmersen et al., 1984; Owen and Aboud, 1988). The combination of seasonality and storage problems creates an annual cycle of brief peaks in crop residue availability, followed by periods of scarcity. Hence, forecasting of feed resources availability is essential for a country like India to plan properly for exigencies like severe shortage of feed resources.

Ramachandra et al. (2007) projected the availability of dry fodder, concentrates and green fodder at 417, 44 and 138 mt, respectively, by 2020. However, the methodology adopted for this projection is not clear with respect to data set and models used. In the present study, the corresponding figures for the availability of dry fodder, concentrates and green fodder are 360.2, 53.6 and 133.1 mt, respectively. The higher estimates for green fodder in this study are due to the inclusion of the contribution from sugarcane tops and also, the fodder crops. The estimates in this study are better, as they are worked out based on auto-regressive models, using climatic and non-climatic variables.


This study estimated the feed resources availability based on residue to product ratios. A single conversion factor was used for each crop, which does not account for the varietal differences within the crop. Data on variety-specific conversion ratios and variety-wise acreage under each crop are not available. Similarly, the burning of rice and wheat straws in North India is not quantified and to that extent, the quantities of dry fodder availability from these two crops are overestimated. Precise data on amount straw diverted towards the packaging industry is not available and hence, that shortfall is not accounted for. The quantity of grains, especially maize, diverted towards the ethanol industry is also not considered due to non-availability of authentic data. Data in respect of unconventional feed resources such as Madhuca longifolia (mahua) cake, Pongamia pinnata (karanj) cake, kitchen waste etc. is not available, and hence, not included in the estimation of feed resources. To that extent, feed resources availability is underestimated.


The availability of crop residues, greens and concentrate in India for the next 20 years was forecasted by using autoregressive models, based on 40 years of historical data on crop production and land use patterns. Use of climatic and non-climatic variables in the models resulted in an improved estimation of feed resources. Forecasting of feed resources is essential to ensure better preparedness for dealing with shortage of livestock feeds caused by abnormal weather events. By analyzing the impact of previous climatic and non-climatic aberrations on the feed resources, future or near-term scenarios of availability can be forecasted. They help the decision makers to implement adaptation strategies to ensure sustainable livestock production. These models can also be used for forecasting the agricultural production in the country.


Authors express their gratitude to Dr. R. Bhatta for constructive suggestions in preparation of the manuscript, and Dr. S. Anandan, for providing the technical help for assessing the feed resources.


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K. P. Suresh *, G Ravi Kiran, K. Giridhar and K. T. Sampath

National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Bangalore 560030, Karnataka, India

* Corresponding Author : K. P. Suresh. Tel : +91-080-25711304, Fax : +91-080-25711420, E-mail : Submitted Aug. 17, 2011; Accepted Nov. 30, 2011: Revised Dec. 7, 2011 10.5713/ajas.2011.11283

Table 1. Residues to product ratio (RPR) used in the assessment of
livestock feed resources

Category of feed sources                Residues to product ratio

                                       Crop      Grains   Bran/hull

Straws and stovers
Rice (Oryza sativa)                     1.30      0.02      0.08
Wheat (Triticum aestivum)               1.00      0.02      0.08
Bajra (Pennisetum typhoides)            2.50      0.05       --
Finger millet (Eleusine coracana)       2.00      0.05       --
Maize (Zea mays)                        2.50      0.40       --
Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)               2.50      0.05       --
Small millets                           2.50      0.10       --
  (Panicum miliare, P. miliaceum,
  Setaria italic etc.)

Cassava (Mannihot esculenta)             --      0.12 *      --

Gram (Cicer arietinum)                  1.7        --       0.03
Red gram (Cajanus cajan)                1.7        --       0.03
Other pulses                            1.7        --       0.03

Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea)            2.00       --        --
Soya bean (Glycine max)                 1.60       --        --
Linseed (Linum usitatissum)              --        --        --
Rapeseed and mustard                     --        --        --
  (Brassica sps.)
Sunflower (Helianthus annus)             --        --        --
Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)         --        --        --
Niger seed (Guizotia abyssinica)         --        --        --
Sesamum (Sesamum usitatissum)            --        --        --
Coconut (Cocos nucifera)                 --        --        --
Cotton (Gossypium sps.)                  --        --        --
Castor (Ricinus communis)                --        --        --

Sugarcane (Saccharum officinalis)        --        --        --
Gross cropped area, excluding the        --        --        --
  area under fodder crops (2.024%
  of gross cropped area)
Area under fodder crops                  --        --        --
Forest area                              --        --        --
Permanent pastures and grazing           --        --        --
Land under misc. tree crops and          --        --        --
  groves not included
Cultural wasteland                       --        --        --
Current fallow                           --        --        --
Other fallow                             --        --        --

Category of feed sources              Residues to product ratio

                                       Oilcakes   Green fodder

Straws and stovers
Rice (Oryza sativa)                      --           --
Wheat (Triticum aestivum)                --           --
Bajra (Pennisetum typhoides)             --           --
Finger millet (Eleusine coracana)        --           --
Maize (Zea mays)                         --           --
Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)                --           --
Small millets                            --           --
  (Panicum miliare, P. miliaceum,
  Setaria italic etc.)

Cassava (Mannihot esculenta)             --           --

Gram (Cicer arietinum)                   --           --
Red gram (Cajanus cajan)                 --           --
Other pulses                             --           --

Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea)            0.60          --
Soya bean (Glycine max)                 0.73          --
Linseed (Linum usitatissum)             0.67          --
Rapeseed and mustard                    0.67          --
  (Brassica sps.)
Sunflower (Helianthus annus)            0.70          --
Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)        0.70          --
Niger seed (Guizotia abyssinica)        0.72          --
Sesamum (Sesamum usitatissum)           0.60          --
Coconut (Cocos nucifera)               0.056
Cotton (Gossypium sps.)                0.049          --
Castor (Ricinus communis)               0.50          --

Sugarcane (Saccharum officinalis)        --        0.25 **
Gross cropped area, excluding the        --        5.0
  area under fodder crops (2.024%
  of gross cropped area)
Area under fodder crops                  --       40.93 ***
Forest area                              --        1.50
Permanent pastures and grazing           --        5.00
Land under misc. tree crops and          --        1.00
  groves not included
Cultural wasteland                       --        1.00
Current fallow                           --        1.00
Other fallow                             --        1.00

Source: Agricultural statistics at a glance, 2007, Directorate of
economics and statistics, Ministry of Agriculture, GOI.

* Srinivas, T. and M. Anantharaman. (2005). ** Sugarcane top
to cane ratio. *** Weighted average estimated from the yields as
per Hand Book of Agriculture, 2005.

Table 2. Summary of Autoregressive forecasting models for crop
production with various regressors

Sl no.   Crop            Lag period in     Actual       Rainfall
                         autoregressive    rainfall    deviation from
                             models                       normal

   1     Rice                  10          0.097 (+)      0.091 (+)
   2     Wheat                  5          0.586          0.910
   3     Bajra                  3          0.734          0.343
   4     Sorghum                9          0.273          0.301
   5     Finger millet          5          0.232          0.069 (+)
   6     Small millets         10          0.121          0.056 (+)
   7     Maize                  9          0.489          0.616
   8     Bengal gram           14          0.421          0.002 **
   9     Red gram               5          0.822          0.077 (+)
  10     Other pulses          14          0.246          0.012 *
  11     Groundnut             17          0.560          0.173
  12     Soyabean              --            --             --
  13     Linseed                6          0.117          0.168
  14     Rapeseed              14          0.001 **       0.003 **
           and mustard
  15     Sunflower             19         <0.001 **      <0.001 **
  16     Safflower             17         <0.001 **      <0.001 **
  17     Nigerseed             16          0.337          0.703
  18     Sesamum               10          0.948          0.988
  19     Sugarcane             10          0.555          0.305
  20     Coconut               13          0.670          0.656
  21     Cassava               1           0.728          0.375
  22     Cotton                12         <0.001**       <0.001 **
  23     Castor                12          0.166          0.164

Sl no.   Area under     Yield     [R.sup.2]    RMSE
            crop                     (%)

   1     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.9       0.434
   2     <0.00 **     <0.001 **     99.9       0.649
   3     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.4       0.146
   4     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     98.3       0.249
   5     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     96.7       0.067
   6     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.3       0.042
   7     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.7       0.208
   8     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.8       0.039
   9     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.6       0.023
  10     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.9       0.027
  11     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.8       0.068
  12         --          --         94.4       0.801
  13     <0.001 **       --         93.5       0.032
  14     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.5       0.138
  15     <0.01 **     <0.001 **     99.3       0.037
  16     <0.01 **     <0.001 **     99.1       0.011
  17     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.6       0.002
  18     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.0       0.011
  19     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.9       2.04
  20     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.8       1.31
  21     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.9      49.72
  22     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.8       0.206
  23     <0.001 **    <0.001 **     99.9       0.025

Data of previous 40 years, 1970-2010, used to construct models;
[R.sub.2], Co-efficient of determination; RMSE = Root mean square

(+) Suggestive of significance, * and** Significance at 5% and 1%

Table 3. Summary statistics for forecasting pattern of land use

Sl no.
         Land use                      Model used

1        Gross area grown excluding    Linear trend
         area under fodder crops

2        Area under fodder crops       Autoregressive with 13 lag

3        Forest area                   Linear Holt Exponential

4        Permanent pastures and        Linear (Holt) Exponential
         grazing land                  smoothing

5        Land under misc. tree crops   Log linear (Holt) exponential
         and groves not included       smoothing

6        Cultural wasteland            Damped trend exponential

7        Current fallow                Autoregressive with 13 lag

8        Other fallow                  Autoregressive with 10 lag

Sl no.   Actual      Rainfall
         Rainfall    deviation    [R.sup.2] (%)    RMSE
                    from normal

1           -            -            83.9         3.76

2         0.927        0.377          52.0         0.442

3           -            -            95.3         0.330

4           -            -            98.3         0.106

5           -            -            72.4         0.137

6           -            -            97.9         0.219

7         0.271      0.002 **         60.0         1.256

8         0.080+      0.019 *         75.7         0.336

Data of previous 40 years, 1970-2010, used to construct models;
[R.sup.2], Co-efficient of determination; RMSE = Root mean square

+ Suggestive of significance, * and ** Significance at 5% and 1%

Table 4. Assessment and forecasting the livestock feed resources in
India on dry matter basis (in million tons)

Feed resources   1970    1980    1990    2000    2005

Dry fodder       160.8   159.8   240.5   278.5   272.1
Concentrates      18.5   18.3     30.9    40.1    42.3
Greens           120.6   125.1   137.2   146.9   135.7
Total DM         299.9   303.2   408.6   465.5   450.1
TDN              155.4   157.1   211.8   242.3   235.0
DCP               14.7    15.0    19.4    22.4    21.9

Feed resources   2010    2011    2012    2013    2014

Dry fodder       296.2   319.6   322.4   329.7   334.3
Concentrates      44.8    47.2    48.1    48.8    49.5
Greens           136.7   143.8   139.1   138.1   131.1
Total DM         477.7   510.6   509.6   516.6   514.9
TDN              248.9   265.7   265.3   268.7   267.7
DCP               22.8    24.1    24.0    24.1    23.8

Feed resources   2015    2020    2025    2030

Dry fodder       338.4   360.2   385.7   409.4
Concentrates      50.2    53.6    57.4    61.2
Greens           134.9   133.1   135.4   135.6
Total DM         523.5   546.9   578.5   606.2
TDN              272.3   284.3   300.7   315.0
DCP               24.3    25.1    26.4    27.5

DM = Dry matter; TDN = Total digestible nutrients; DCP = Digestible
crude protein.
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Date:Apr 1, 2012
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