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Nutritional composition and yield comparison between hydroponically grown and commercially available Zea mays L.fodder for a sustainable livestock production


Abstract


Hydroponically grown green fodder may aid the soaring challenge of food scarcity throughout the world. This research
is fixated on disseminating the hydroponic fodder production which involves growth of plants in a nutrient
rich, soilless solution within a short time span of approximately 8 days. The nutritive value of hydroponic maize
fodder in comparison to that of commercially available maize fodder (harvested in 60 days) was assessed. The nutritive
content i.e. dry matter, crude protein, ether extract, crude fibre, nitrogen free extract, total ash, micro and
macro nutrients were analysed. Macronutrients (Ca, Na, K, Mg) and trace elements (Fe, Zn, Mn, Cu) were analysed
using atomic absorption spectroscopy. Analysis revealed a higher concentration of crude protein, ether extract,
nitrogen free extract, macronutrients (Ca, Na, K, Mg) and trace elements (Mn and Cu) in hydroponically grown
maize fodder. The denouement of the experiment depicted the superlative nutritional value of hydroponically
grown maize fodder as compared to the commercially available fodder produced by conventional practices. This
technology can ensure provision of quality fodder for sustainable livestock production.


Keywords

Fodder, Hydroponic, Livestock, Maize, Nutrients.

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Maydica - A journal devoted to maize and allied species

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