4s2a: Effects of salinity on dairy farms in Bangladesh
Keywords:Bangladesh, salinity, livestock production, Delta's under pressure
Dairy products are an important source of protein and income in Bangladesh. In coastal communities the majority of the women of the poorÂ familiesâ€™ livelihoods depends on livestock rearing and milk business. In these areas it is known that salinity has negative effects on cow health and, consequently, on the productivity of dairy cows. However, it is unclear which factors are more or less influencing these negatives effects.Â Only with such information adaptation measures can be developed. In order to develop adaptation measures to address the ongoing and future challenges in the coastal areas of Bangladesh a better understanding on the current effects of salinity on livestock production is necessary. Moreover, current developments on improving dairy production systems in Bangladesh cannot be successful when adaptation measures toÂ salinity are not incorporated.
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