RABBIT PRODUCTION VIS-Ã€-VIS POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND FOOD SECURITY IN ASIA
AbstractThis paper aims to create awareness among the public about the importance of rabbit farming to meet food crisis in the future. Rabbits can be easily reared by small-scale farmers in theirÂ backyardÂ withÂ minimalÂ investmentsÂ forÂ moreÂ incomeÂ generation.Â RabbitsÂ makeÂ useÂ of forages of low nutritive value to produces highly nutritious meat and the faeces of the rabbits canÂ beÂ usedÂ asÂ anÂ alternativeÂ toÂ inorganicÂ fertilizer,Â thisÂ interactionÂ betweenÂ rabbitsÂ andÂ soil makes rabbit farming suitable for integrated farming system. Waste ofÂ rabbits make excellent compost which in turn makes high quality organic fertilizer. The rabbit faeces were used in the manufactureÂ ofÂ bio-digestersÂ andÂ theÂ fertilizerÂ valueÂ ofÂ theÂ faecesÂ aidsÂ toÂ improveÂ the environmentÂ byÂ reducingÂ methaneÂ emissions.Â FeedingÂ andÂ housingÂ managementÂ ofÂ rabbits were not much complicated. Rabbit house can be made from locally available materials and the rabbits can be fed with household wastes and the forages and legumes that can be cultivated within the farmers own farm, that should meet the animals daily needs. Thus the construction and off farm feed costs will be reduced. This makes sure that the rabbit farming will be well accepted by small scale farmers to meet both their nutritious and financial requirements. The farmers can also expand their farm to a commercial level, if guidance, knowledge and technical supports were provided and this makes the market to flood with rabbit in the future which is the only way for food security and employment generation.
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