“Willow Silage – An Alternative to Winter Fodder”
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Willow fodder (Salix babylonica), grows well under adverse climatic conditions. The plant normally grows up to the height of 8 – 12 meters and branches well with clustered long leaves. This multipurpose tree is also used as fuel wood, live fencing post and to protect soil from erosion. It procreates well by replanting the cut branches of appropriate length.
It is envisaged that the shortage of fodder experienced by Bhutan in the winter season can be overcome by propagating the willow biomass ensiling technique at farmer’s level.
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