The Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) has recently issued a noteworthy advisory addressing the agricultural community, recommending the integration of tapioca plant parts into cattle feed for improved livestock nutrition. The institute highlights the nutritional benefits of tapioca leaves, stems, and peels, emphasizing their potential as cost-effective alternatives to conventional cattle feed.
According to Dr. Rajesh Kumar, a leading researcher at CTCRI, “Tapioca plants are rich in essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, and minerals. By incorporating various parts of the tapioca plant into cattle feed, farmers can not only enhance the nutritional content of the feed but also reduce dependency on traditional fodder sources.”The advisory provides detailed guidelines on the proper processing and inclusion ratios of tapioca plant parts in cattle diets, ensuring a balanced nutritional profile. Additionally, CTCRI emphasizes the environmental benefits of this approach, as it encourages the utilization of agricultural by-products that might otherwise go to waste.Farmers are encouraged to explore the recommended practices outlined in the advisory to optimize livestock nutrition while simultaneously managing input costs. The adoption of such sustainable practices aligns with the institute’s ongoing efforts to support agriculture that is both economically viable and environmentally friendly.As the agricultural community continues to seek innovative solutions for livestock management, the CTCRI’s advisory on tapioca plant utilization emerges as a promising option, signaling a potential paradigm shift in cattle feed practices.