Let’s endorse Fodder Banks for reducing pressure from forests and women drudgery

fodder capacity building

Forests and locals of Himalayas are facing more challenges than ever. Extraction of bio resources is largely contributing to women drudgery and pressure on forests in Central Himalaya. Locals are looking for more practical alternatives that can also provide alternative livelihood to them. Let’s explore!

Inaccessibility and Poverty

Most of the valleys in higher Himalayas are very inaccessible. Enhanced human dependence, interference and extreme climate events have added to the misery of locals. Deprived socio-economic status of locals has always been largely responsible for the total dependence of locals on forests. Availability of fodder for livestock during lean winter periods is a huge dilemma. In Garhwal part of Central Himalaya, cattle are generally stall-fed, but sometimes they are also left for grazing in nearby forests and pastures. I have been working in the Upper Kedarnath valley of Garhwal since, 2005 initially for my study on natural and man-made pressures and their impact on forests for my PhD and later for implementing solutions based on my study.

Pressure and Drudgery

Women are considered “backbone of hill economy “in Garhwal. During my study I noticed women and girls walking up even before daybreak during cold and dry winters. They were leaving their houses and walking long distances for collecting fodder. Women sometimes also climbed mountains and trees to collect fodder because of unavailability of fodder in forests. They were back by forenoon with pending household chores waiting for them. “My wife has to walk longer distances for collecting fodder everyday and especially in winters for surplus fodder requirement that affects her health in big way” informs Beerulal of Maikhanda village in Upper Kedarnath Valley. I could also notice most of the men not being involved in collection. But many a times situations gets worse during fodder collection and they fell from rocks and trees fracturing their bones and in extreme situations they die because of inadequate medical help.

I completed my PhD field work in 2008 with detailed evaluations of all sorts of biomass flow from forests to nearby villages and their impact. Extraction of biomass and species preference is largely based on the indigenous knowledge and skills developed by years of experience of locals in forest related activities rather than scientific justifications. Hence, based on conclusions of my work and more excursions to other remote valleys of Garhwal and Kumaon in Central Himalaya I could understand wider picture about the issue.

I had a plan to develop a fodder based model on a community waste land to ensure round the year fodder supply. I shared my thoughts and concept with locals by organising a small meeting of Mahila Mangal Dals in few villages of Upper Kedarnath valley in 2008. Most of the locals particularly women readily agreed to test the concept.

Project Fodder

I went with my concept to state level sensitization meet of Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India in November 2008 with expectation for some finances to materialise my concept. To my surprise even senior level scientists seemed pleased with the perception. Some of them were curious too. “Why don`t you increase your grant amount? Why not plant multipurpose species?” commented one of the senior level scientists. “I will be focussing on fodder species because if I choose multipurpose trees I will be inviting wild animals to fruit trees and they might be threat to crops of locals” I answered. After a series of queries and responses they were convinced and were ready to provide me grant for my work.


So, I was ready with some funds and in next few months we started our field activities. After a detailed discussion and taking opinion of both locals and experts I focussed on of fodder trees, shrubs and grasses that were indigenous, fast growing, high biomass yielding, nutritious and in long run could provide some economic benefits too. The indigenous species were selected by people based on their need, their indigenous knowledge about species with regards to enhanced lactation and better nutrition of animals. More than eight years of my research on forest ecosystems and people’s interaction helped me in identifying and prioritizing species for plantation.

Maikhanda village cluster in Upper Kedarnath Valley of Central Himalaya with a majority of poor and scheduled people with limited resources was chosen for model site. Willingness of local communities to provide village community land for fodder bank and some agriculture land for nursery helped us tremendously. Series of meetings with women and motivated men were held before and during execution of each activity i.e. fodder plantation, species selection, pits digging, fencing, land preparation etc.

Initiatives were also taken to focus on mass propagation of some lesser known and multipurpose tree species which are very much preferred as fodder available from agro-forests and degraded areas on road sides. In the initiative we also ensured to introduce some fast growing grass species that are not going to be detrimental to the biodiversity. Trenches were dug in the entire fodder bank site to enhance the percolation of water and survival of fodder plants. A cost effective Rain water harvesting tank was also constructed using local resources to store the rain water as the area faces shortage of water during summers.

Building Capacity

During our plantation and capacity building programmes we discovered that most of the locals are planting fodder trees and grasses just out of their interest and they are totally unaware about scientific plantation and multiplication techniques. Some women were even too excited initially in grabbing free of cost seedlings without understanding that not all species can grow on all altitudes.

They were stiff in starting the experiment in their own kitchen gardens “This is all by government for us only” yelled one of the dominant looking woman in the group. Sustainable harvesting of fodder from trees and shrubs was also demonstrated in these small capacity building training programmes. Taking a step ahead while we started our activities at the fodder bank site we also started plantation of all these high biomass, fast growing grasses on cropland bunds of locals.

The Impact

After almost a year from 2010 onwards more than 65 household of the village initially reported 15 harvestings every month and stall feeding of Napier grass and other indigenous fodder species to their milching animals. There are few families in the village those are not visiting nearby forests anymore. Number of women beneficiaries is increasing every six months who are introducing these fast growing high biomass yielding species in their own cropland bunds and kitchen gardens. Lactation yield of local livestock has also improved and directly indicating the nutritional quality of the fodder.

The future

For the sustainability of this whole concept after three years in 2012 the model was transferred to local Mahila Mangal Dals. Women of the village consider it their own community forest and harvest fodder on a rotational basis. Person not abiding with regulations have to pay compensation that directly goes in maintenance of nursery and fodder bank site. Nursery is still running with nominal financial support from me and selling seedlings and fodder seeds at nominal cost.

Locals have not stopped yet and they are still working in multiplication and plantation of these fast growing grasses on cropland bunds of entire village to become a green and self sufficient village in long run. For women and locals of the valley, Fodder bank Model has brought the discovery that the solution to seasonal fodder deficit, and milk output from, lies not with the cattle, but with growing smart grass.

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Photo: Capacity building for planting fodder grasses

Blogpost by Dr.Shalini Dhyani, Scientist, CSIR-NEERI (Nagpur, Maharashtra, India) – shalini3006(at)
Photo by Dr. Deepak Dhyani


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391 People have left comments on this post

» Mojiram dewda said: { Jan 25, 2014 - 05:01:08 }

Congrates mem

» Livingstone said: { Jan 25, 2014 - 05:01:49 }

Wonderful research….so help to make the earth what it used to be…..Green and sustainable

» sanjay kumar pathak said: { Jan 25, 2014 - 05:01:47 }

Great effort

» saraswati said: { Jan 25, 2014 - 06:01:08 }

Well would help a lit of people.

» pankaj kavidayal said: { Jan 25, 2014 - 07:01:01 }

Good work.A small but long step in making the locals of kedarnath vally self reliant

» Madhav karki said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 01:01:16 }

I like this initiative as this will not only reduce uncontrolled grazing and increased landslides, soil erosion and flooding on fragile Himalayan slopes but also improve women’s lives by reducing their huge workload . all the best

» Sunil Kainthola said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 02:01:48 }

The commercial exploitation of natural resources is the root cause of poverty and ecological turmoil in the Himalayas. British came here to feed their industrial demands during the colonial era and the story continued in the post independence phase. The so called scientific forestry in fact changed the resource profile of the region by propagating commercial species. The concept of fodder banks is a creative attempt to strengthen local communities in a comprehensive manner inclusive of sustainability, democracy, equity and most important, refocusing on women centric development which is missing in most of the development projects in the Himalayas.

» K S Rao said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 03:01:34 }

The work by Ms. Shalini is a good initiative and much needed for reducing the drudgery of hill women who has to prioritise their time allocations for various activities. By this initiative Ms. Shalini not only provided relief to women, improved the livestock health and indirectly the health of the family of the women in the hills.

» DR D DHAYNI said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 03:01:44 }

Its a good effort and must be applied in other hill areas to reduce the pressure from our forest and women.

» darshan said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 04:01:26 }

excellent article…very informative..

» Livingstone Oloo said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 04:01:01 }

This is a good one Shalini…The efforts you are makeing to make the world better and more sustainable for our grandchildren. You make us proud those of us who had the privilege to go to campus with you together

» satish thakur said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 04:01:35 }

best wishes….

» satish thakur said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 04:01:16 }

best wishes mam….

» Vinayak Shukla said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 04:01:04 }

Thumbs up for your incredible work. This has been very vital issue, which needs to be taken up for a long while. I, during my business trips, noticed same things in the hill regions of Kumaun and Garhwal. Even I noticed that the inhabitants leaving their ancestral properties and migrating towards plain urban areas due to harsh and difficult lifestyle there at hills.
So yes, i wish your research paper to be reached its desired destination where it could fetch best consequences for the welfare of the human beings.

» Vibhas Awasthi said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 04:01:54 }

i support the idea of “fodder bank”.

» chitra pandey said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 05:01:16 }

Wish you all the best Shalini for your effort to do something for hard working women of India. I liked the concept and feel proud for your en devour .

» Bhawna said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 05:01:50 }

Excellent initiative, will provide multifold benefit to rural women.

» Jayprakash Panwar said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 06:01:49 }

Extremely important initiative…keep up

» nidhi srivastava said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 07:01:21 }

keep it up… wish you good luck

» Narendra Rana said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 08:01:48 }

I am a native of Lata village where development projects are encroaching our pasture lands, even my village needs a similar initiative.

» Susan Sharma said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 08:01:31 }

The work done by Dr.Shalini Dyani worth emulating and I hope she will replicate the model in other villages too. The blog is written very well, highlighting the fact that this is a project which took shape to meet the actual needs of the villagers.

» G. M. Bahuguna said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 09:01:24 }

An excellent easy to work practical model for solving the problems and scarcity of fodder & reducing the dependence of cattle raising farmers upon forests resources in the hills of Uttarakhand Himalayas with possibility of success in every part of the world especially for the farming communities dependent on forest resources!
This can be mixed and complimented with ” Dairy Milk scheme ‘ launched and implemented by state government for increasing the milk production and empowerment of village women by producing and marketing of Milk theorugh Cooperative societies of Milk producers in the Hills of Uttarakhand. Why this scheme of milk production and marketing did not contain the fodder production part earlier? There lies the answer to many qerries regarding the success/failure/advancement of women/ farmer empowerment schemes and protection of environment & forests simultaneously through successful & practical models for solution to the production of milk and related problems like round the year availability of grass/fodder to the forest dependent farmers.this way women and villagers can raise the standard of their life and schemes of empowerment reach to the logical conclusion with the protection of people ,environment and forests. A working model worth replicating with every cattle raising community !
well done ! and keep promoting the idea practically !

G.M. Bahuguna,
Sr Tech officer,
Dehra Dun

» Bhumika tripathi said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 09:01:02 }

Really excellent Shalini

» Arti Singh said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 09:01:29 }

Excellent effort.

» SudhirMishra said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 09:01:32 }

A good article.

» bidur said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 09:01:24 }

excellent paper

» Rovshan Abbasov said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 09:01:36 }

Great paper! The same problem We have in Azerbaijan. The Writing style is very simple and reader friendly!

» Suryakant Pandey said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 09:01:03 }

Well written article and enjoyed reading it!!.

» Navonil Das said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 10:01:16 }

Very impressive composition…

» Anjan Prusty said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 11:01:35 }

I went through your blogpost on fodder bank and the trial in certain Himalayan villages. Looks interesting, and I perceive that, indeed, it could be replicated at other places as well. Why not to try in other localities in a major way covering couple of bio-geographical realms.

This exercise should be able to contribute in achieving certain sustainable development goals, as well as adhering to the concept of “100 miles”.

Best Wishes

» Shailendra Pratap Singh said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 11:01:50 }

worth appreciating

» Swarnima Agnihotri said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 11:01:23 }

Great article!

» Dr Keshav Gairola said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 11:01:24 }

Very good concept for the women of hilly region.. and should be applied the project in that area where the women is living very difficult life and invest all time to collect fuel and fodder from forest without caring her health…..

» Swarnima Agnihotri said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 12:01:37 }

Keep up the good work Shalini!

» Dr. Yogesh Pratap Singh said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 01:01:20 }

It’s a considerable effort in field of food and specifically fodder. Scarcity of fodder is a common problem to which our farmers often struggle with.
The way you have related all this to women, is commendable. My good wishes to you Shalini. Keep the good work going.

» Abhishek Dixit said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 01:01:51 }

Great Work !! All the Best.

» sunil singh said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 02:01:42 }

its a very good effort for the hard working wo,ens of the hilly region,good work keep it up

» Dr Amit kumar Tiwari said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 02:01:39 }

good concept and impressive written blog by u wishes and regards

» Shalini Dhyani said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 02:01:14 }

Many thanks everybody for appreciating my work that indeed is not only mine but contribution of all locals of Maikhanda village where Fodder Bank is successfully running. This wasn`t successfull without help of all the inhabitants of Upper Kedarnath Valley who are currently trying to recuperate from extreme climate events and disaster especially from Triyuginarayan, Shersi, Badasu, Rampur, Sitapur, Phata.

It was nice reading your views and support. Thanks

» Shalini Dhyani said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 02:01:31 }

Thanks Anjan ji but replication and convincing people takes time…we are trying replication at much higher altitude..!! People get motivated when they see economic benefits. We are trying to ensure that by linking conservation with livelihood..! You all are welcome to join for a series of such training workshops in Maikhanda village starting from Feb first week.

» Dr Vani Khare said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 02:01:41 }

Great article Shalini, finally the hardwork of women from the hill is acknowledged, will look forward for more

» Kailash N Bhardwaj said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 03:01:36 }

Nicely planned and executed work of Himalayan concerns with substantial results… We will certainly witness even more from your efforts Dr Shalini… Best wishes…

» Sunita Dixit said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 03:01:29 }

very informative ….great effort

» Vijay Shukla said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 03:01:10 }

Loved the article as well as the methodology behind the initiative. Consulting the locals right since the beginning of the project, selecting appropriate & indigenous species and incorporating rain-water harvesting were probably the most laudable decisions during the course of project. Projects like these must be comprehensively supported and widely publicized. . The initiative, if taken forward more rigorously, would not only address the problems you set out to address but it will also do a world of good to the fragile eco-system of the Himalayas.

Commendable job! Thank you, Dr. Shalini & rest of the team!

» Dr Akhlaq Wani said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 03:01:23 }

Good work. If implemented strategically will take off pressure both from rural women and forests.

» shweta khare said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 04:01:11 }

Grt wrk ..its really nice dat smne is wrking so hard fr d ladies residing on d hills…best wishes!

» Pradeep joshi said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 04:01:54 }

Great work…..keep it up……best wishes..

» Indrani Sasmal said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 04:01:31 }

Very impressive. The originality of the project is worth admiring. Keep up the good work.

» suraj singh said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 05:01:12 }

gud job keep it up

» shweta khare said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 06:01:12 }

Hey shalini its really gud to knw that u r taking such an initiative fr d ladies on d hills..hp d best fr ur contribution.!!.

» varun khare said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 06:01:08 }

Very good work dear… keep it up… we r always proud of you…..

» pramod kumar singh said: { Jan 26, 2014 - 06:01:26 }

nice one

» Yogita Shukla said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 12:01:26 }

The community approach to management of natural resources is the way for sustainable development. Kudos to the efforts……..

» RVS PATEL said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 01:01:38 }

best wishes for working in this area…

» Nidhi Jamwal said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 03:01:52 }

A much needed study. Fodder crisis is growing in the country. However, no one is paying heed to it. Forests are being wiped off, grasslands are being given to industries, leaving rural women at the mercy of whatever they can find. These women don’t just have to walk kilometres to fetch water, but also fodder. Only during summer season, when there is acute shortage of fodder, does the government talk about fodder scarcity. Otherwise no one seems bothered.

» Ravi Dimri said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 03:01:12 }

Good work, Keep it up, Best wishes

» Gaurav Jaiswal said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 04:01:16 }

Excellent Article. All the best guys

» Dr. Indra D. Bhatt said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 04:01:40 }

Brilliant concept nicely executed to save many threatened biodiversity elements, time and lives of hilly women. Many many Congratulation Shalini, keep it up

» Dr. Indra D. Bhatt said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:05 }

Brilliant concept nicely executed to save many threatened biodiversity elements, time and lives of hilly women. Many many Congratulation Shalini, keep it up

» K N Vajpai said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:31 }

A well thought and implemented idea in the region, given that the communities in these areas don’t generally get such scientific and practical trainings. The efforts are commendable and I wish to see such efforts are replicated and innovated further.

» Raushan said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:07 }

Blog is good and it focuses on the current scenario which shows relevancy to the drafted notes

» PurnimaManar said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:48 }

DearShalini..its indeed a greatwork by u.. keep doing.. project is looking quite impactful.. do update us.. all the verybest..

» Rajarshi Chakraborty said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:58 }

Outstanding article with a deep understanding of the issues involved!

» Netra Osti said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:46 }

Great effort

» Anurag Dhyani said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:14 }

The work has been conducted in Garhwal Himalya and I am native of the place. The initiatives taken by the author is highly appreciated and required in the valley. Recent disaster in Kedarnath valley has disturbed the economy of local people. I hope the concept is and will help local villager in terms of increasing their financial situation.
Thanks for wonderful work and best of luck for future targets.

» Dr Abhishek Chandra said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:38 }

The agrodiversity maintained for low dependency on market, economically poor society and no other income sources were mostly nondescript in nature. The expenditure incurred on fodder and concentrate was highest in all the categories of families. The animals were fed with fodder and little amount like mustard-cake, wheat flour, finger millet and barley seed etc. depending upon availability. Therefore the initiative taken by Dr Shalini will be also helpful to make the policy and management strategy for the future sustainable development of these marginal landscape.

» Safeer said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:58 }

Shalini good concept. all the best bright future

» Dr Prakash Phondani said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:19 }

Nice articles mam, I ensure that this is your hard work. Hopefully these articles are valuable for researchers and common readers.

» Vinod Khati said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:47 }

Well written article. It would help to share knowledge about hilly regions women . Well done. Keep it up Shalini.

» Anchal Todariya said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:28 }

Gr8 job.

» Sumpam said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 06:01:34 }

Congrats!!! a wonderful work!!!

» Gaurav Jaiswal said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 06:01:42 }

Great going guys

» Copal said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 06:01:00 }

NIce work and applied in current scenario of rural hill people.. keep it up

» Dr. Mahesh Chaudhary said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 06:01:00 }

very informative article, need to be implement in the higher Himalayan region.

» Mayank Tripathi said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 06:01:38 }

Great work Dr Shalini..enjoyed reading..interesting wishes..)).

» Lokesh Chandra Dube said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 07:01:07 }

A shift from human interventions creating pressure on natural resources to human interventions supporting natural resources is the need of the hour. Hills and remote hills are vulnerable to anthropocentric pressure and tough sites to create any positive interventions, hence require special attention as proposed and implemented in the present study. The concept should be scaled up with modifications suitable to local conditions.

» DR D DHAYNI said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 07:01:11 }


» Tarun Kant said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 07:01:48 }

Well done Shalini. Very nicely written article. I wish you all the very best.

» Christopher said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 07:01:18 }

Very innovative solution to a problem that so many women face all over the country. May this article seed a thousand such initiatives!

» Dr Shalini Dhyani said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 07:01:55 }

Shalini gud concept …. bright future All the best!!!! (y)

» Anshuman Tripathi said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 07:01:25 }

Well done. Very nicely written article. Wish you all the very best……..
Best of the luck……………………..
All the very best…..

» Pranati said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 07:01:49 }

Excellent work! I wish you all the best.

» Mushtaque Ahmed said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 07:01:50 }

Good Work Shalini!

» Manju Sundriyal said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 07:01:04 }

Weldone shalini. A Wonderful task was done by you through this project. Socio economic of rural women is really poor in the Uttarakhand. 80% agiculture work is done by women only along with household activities. They have to travel a lot for collection of fuel and fodder. Women in the rural areas of state are always overburdened. Developing fodder bank is a very good initiative done by you. This fodder bank will reduce work load of women. This model should be replicated in all districts of Uttarakhand.

» Pankaj said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 08:01:50 }

Great work. Keep it up !!

» Dr. Somidh Saha (Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany) said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 08:01:49 }

This is a pioneer research work on hill agroforestry in the Himalayas that combine social, economical and ecological aspect of land and forest management. To reduce gender inequality by using agroforestry tools is great approach. More such research should be done in Hidukush-Himalyan region. This model should also be trialed in other hilly places in developing countries (e.g. Kilimanjaro and central Andes region).

» dr varun khare said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 08:01:36 }

good work dear… keep it up.. we r always proud of u…

» Dr Pooja Uniyal Bhatt said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 09:01:43 }

Good effort, it will surely help rural people in hilly wishes

» K.S. Misra said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 09:01:58 }

I have gone through the entire article. It is really nice to know that people are working on ground level. This is the most applied agroforestry model i have ever heard in hill areas. Nice work and should be appreciated and applied in other region of hill states even in other plane areas. Thanks for giving me the link to read this article. keep up the work.

» Sharmila said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 09:01:09 }

It undoubtedly is good work and well written. Fodder banks are not common but are a success is dry desert state of Rajasthan. And it works really well. keep up the great work that you are doing.

» Nandan singh Rana said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 09:01:38 }

Excellent work keep it up, good vision of Himalayan region , keep doing , with high regards,

» Arpita said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 09:01:01 }

Very interesting and useful article… Keep up the good work…

» A.S.Bisht said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 09:01:42 }

This work is good for all Himalayan regions for the fodder for domestic animals and reduce uncontrolled grazing and increased landslides, soil erosion and flooding on fragile Himalayan slopes, also improve women’s lives by reducing their huge workload .

» Mihin Dollo said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 09:01:14 }

This is a very critical and pioneer research work on agroforestry that analysis the essential linkages between women drudgery and fodders collection. All across the upland areas, women drudgery is one of the vital issue that need immediate attention. It has been observed from the said project that addresses the capacity building of women and promotion of indigenous fodder species in the region. The project focused on of fodder trees, shrubs and grasses that were indigenous, fast growing, high biomass yielding, nutritious and in long run could provide some economic benefits too. Therefore, this study could be a important step towards reducing women drudgery and conservation of indigenous fodder species, which are in risk due to high anthropogenic pressure.

» Ganga Rana said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 09:01:49 }

superb work and good vision for himalayan region, keep it up

» Dr. Vikram Negi said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 10:01:15 }

A great achievement of demonstration with an innovative idea to link people participation and their survival in tough mountain conditions of Himalayan region.
Best of luck……

» amrita tripathy said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 10:01:34 }

Interesting piece of write up.. such well written..
All the best Shalini.

» Sunil said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 10:01:51 }

Nice initiative…. My best wishes….

» Anil kr tripathi said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 10:01:01 }

Excellent work…keep it up!

» Smita rana said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 10:01:37 }

Superb work shalini dear…….

» druma said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 10:01:01 }

very informative wishes to both of you

» prashant kandpal said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 11:01:14 }

Excellent research work.

» MK GAUTAM said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 11:01:01 }


» angeldhyani said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 11:01:55 }

Brilliant work
brilliant idea
brilliant u
keep it up

» mini mishra said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 11:01:00 }

Its really very effective step to bring forward new ideas in agriculture aspect and welfare of common people.

» Jaagz Bajaj said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 12:01:16 }

Excellent work.

» Dominic Stucker said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 12:01:33 }

Well done, Shalini! Best of luck with your inspiring work!

» aradhana rai said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 12:01:03 }

Dr.Shalini you are doing excelent job.keep it up….my best wishes for you.

» Trilok S Gusain said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 12:01:54 }

Wonderful Work done by you………I highly appreciate.

» Devendra Aswal said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 01:01:04 }

Nice work.. well done …

» Jyoti Tripathi said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 01:01:20 }

Excellent effort and a great initiative…good luck!!!!

» Alpine flora said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 01:01:15 }

congrats mam for your excellent composition

» Bhumika tripathi said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 01:01:07 }

Hey Shalini,,! My 12years son read yours interesting article ang he is inspired u . Very good work

» megha rawat said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 01:01:42 }

Great work Shalini keep it up….

» Pooran Goswami said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 01:01:18 }

Great effort sir !

» P S Roy said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 01:01:56 }

Excellent article.. Realistic..Congrats!!

» Anil Dhyani said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 02:01:14 }

Nicely written article. My compliments to Dr Shalini for her wonderful effective measures in rural Garhwal hills.
I am however amazed that we have that number of cattle in Garwal that could allow locals to think of growing cattle feed in their kitchen garden.

» Anil Chandola said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 02:01:57 }

good work mr. dhyani…very good to know about himalaya…

» Anil Chandola said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 02:01:34 }

Its nice to read such story in this blog. very good initiatives towards the hill women of uttarakhand. Must be appreciated.

» naveen ramola said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 02:01:50 }

nice work on exlnt. concpt.

» DP DHYANI said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 02:01:14 }

Great one,keep it up. Shalini,my daughter in law,Best wishes for further writings.

» Preeti Srivastava said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 02:01:44 }

Well written article and very nice work. The work will be really helpful for hill region women. Good Luck Di for such an excellent work.

» Dr Gaurava Srivastava said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 02:01:42 }

Nice work and well written article.

» Dr. Sathish BN said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 03:01:14 }

Excellent work. the article shows the realities of the mountain ecosystems and the real field inventory … well done

» सिद्धार्थ शंकर त्रिपाठी said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 03:01:39 }

This is a perfect example of development journalism and writing. May rural farmers be inspired by it. This should be translated in local dialects for benefit of native people.

» Sanjeev Sharma said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 03:01:39 }

Congratulation for you innovative initiative in the Himalayan region where more than 90% of daily dependency on the natural environment. From the beginning of human civilization when the man was known as physical man but as time changed or I can say that human progressed with time and development was more concern. Now the physical man take a position of economic man or technological man. In 1960 environmentalism was started in India and especially with Garhwal Himalaya and developed many conservation model for environmental conservation and preservation. Presently blind development is very progressive at the cost of natural environment need such kind of initiative as took by you at the grassroot level with local community. You have minimized the gapes between labs to land and developed community conservation model. In the last I want to write some lines from the book ‘Mahatma Gandhi: An Apostle of Applied ecology” “Gandhi ji was particularly concerned about women, who have actually been traditional conservators and far more committed to conservation than men. Historically, women have been gathers, and not hunters and killers of life like men Women by her nature creaters, cares and shares”.

» Rinu K. said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 03:01:04 }

Great work. It is very interesting that Dr. Shalini could work with those local people at high altitude Himalaya and convince them with her knowledge. She has been doing it for long time and can see a good progress. Wish all the success for her efforts.

» debesh said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 03:01:52 }

And the God made few good people…who endure all the hardships to serve the people of the third world…my joy gets larger than life..keep up the good work…my best wishes…!!!

» Ujjwal Kumar said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 03:01:19 }

Great Work indeed.

» Dibyendu Adhikari said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 04:01:11 }

Nice article Shalini. Please keep doing such good works :)

» Alpine flora said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 04:01:33 }

Srimati Shalini ji aapka karya sarahana karne yogya hai …humari taraf se aapko subhkamnayen

» S.P.Negi said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 04:01:14 }

Being a mountain inhabitant, I am very much aware about the fodder problem to livestock especially during winter. The concept of Fodder Bank will indeed go a long way reducing the drudgery of mountain women…. Well done Dr. Shalini… Best wishes..!!!

» Jitendra singh said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 04:01:23 }

Its a good effort shalini is it applied in ravine areas of U.P for fodder arrangement /availability ?

» Dr S Rajesh IFS said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:54 }

Good initiative to contribute to inclusive development

» C.S.Rana said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:14 }

Good affords for the communities…….
Keep it up…

» Nivedita said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:50 }

Great work.

» Michael Palace said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:41 }

What an amazing project and important and innovative idea.

» Dr.Aditya Narayan Purohit said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:49 }

nice initiative by Ms Shalini.. which will a roll model of people participation in Himalayan mountain region for the betterment of women livestock and environment.
All the best… keep it up.

» Dr.Aditya Narayan Purohit said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 05:01:08 }

nice initiative by Dr. Shalini.. which will a roll model of people participation in Himalayan mountain region for the betterment of women health, livestock and environment.
All the best… keep it up.

» PRADEEP GUPTA said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 06:01:02 }

Congratulations Dear,
Its really appreciating. Great work. All the best.

» rinku singh said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 06:01:13 }

Sustainability is the key for any man nature interaction,fodder banks not only will reduce the burden on the women folk but also will benifit the mountain ecosystem,way to go,keep up the good work.

» Danut UNGUREANU said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 07:01:49 }

Very nice! Congratulations for your work!

» Thakur Rohit Singh said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 07:01:37 }

Great work di….I along with our family is proud of your work…hats of to your initiative, to prove these words by gr8 nationalist of world.
“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt
Your are doing a great work to protect our forest and hill stations, which are treasure of India.
All the best for your projects, keep it up di…long way to go…!!

» Biozid Jessorey said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 08:01:01 }

I appreciate it. Good work.

» Bupathy said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 08:01:52 }

Great job. Very inspiring. Thanks Rohit… for sharing it in fb.

» Sada ALBACHIR said: { Jan 27, 2014 - 11:01:03 }

Travail intéressant et très pertinent surtout en ce qui concerne l’implication de la femme dans ce projet. Je vous souhaite bonne chance et plein succès dans votre démarche.

» Upakar Rai said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 02:01:00 }

Your work is of great socio-ecological relevance in the Himalayas particularly where large section of women are engaged in fodder collection besides other works.

In my part of Himalaya (Darjeeling and Sikkim) people plant broom grass in fallow land or at the edge of terrace land. People also plant them in Tungya plantation model. After extraction of broom rest of the plant is used as fodder during summers when ground cover dries up. Brooms sticks fetches high price which adds to household income.

Keep up with the good work my good wishes for your endeavor.

» sameer Dimri said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 02:01:37 }

Nice work..

» Dr. Avinash Tripathi said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 03:01:19 }

Excellent work….

» akhilendra pratap said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 03:01:35 }

Great work Shalini……….All the very best

» Gyan Sharma said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 03:01:10 }

Your vision goes in sink with this year theme (2014) International Year of Family Farming, your thought also celebrates women empowerment. Liked the way you put up things.

Congrates and Best of Luck

» Amit Thakur said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 04:01:05 }

Congratulation Sir,It would be a real result of your four year experience in forest ecosystem.your vision is supperve,Wish you all the best.

» Dr A N Shukla said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 05:01:04 }

Very nice Congratulations sir

» Dr A N Shukla said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 05:01:07 }

Dear Sir,
As I am working as a researcher in high Altitude feel very happy for this useful concept and also congratulate you for sucees.

» Dr. Ashutosh Tripathi said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 06:01:46 }

Such initiatives are necessary for the conservation efforts and now the time has come when government should show some courage to start such things on ground level

» Nigel Crawhall said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 06:01:00 }

Valuable initiative. Good combination of responding to gender issues in livelihoods and conserving mountain ecosystems. This project needs support and sharing into other regions.

» Sreepat Jain said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 06:01:55 }


» Javier M. Claparols said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 06:01:37 }

Congratulations and keep up the good work.

» samiksha said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 06:01:30 }

that is an insightful effort to make the lives of hilly people a little simple.

» Sabuj Bhattacharyya said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 06:01:58 }

Its a truly inspiring work. Being a researcher in alpine ecology in Himalaya, my first thought after reading this blog was if this can be applied to other mountain villages too as women in all mountain village face same hardship and forests are under extreme anthropogenic pressure . My six year experience working in mountains, I know convincing local people to adopt a new methods is never a easy task. But, most incredible part was, Dr. Dhyani not only convinced them to adopt it, but villagers still following it.
Congratulation for your work and best of luck for your future endevours.
Dr. Sabuj Bhattacharyya

» Mukesh Kumar Gupta said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 07:01:14 }

Really excellent initiative,i pray to god for your great success.

» mohit dhyani said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 07:01:38 }

Grt wrk sir.good luck

» mohit dhyani said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 07:01:09 }

Its a grt blss u

» Shilpi pandey said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 07:01:41 }

Good Effort! Keep it up!

» Bidya said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 07:01:27 }

Great work Shalini. Wish you all the best.

» Baiju said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 07:01:20 }

Shalini, Very Good, Congratulations for your effort

» RABI SAH said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 08:01:45 }

Its a very good initiative and also learning for us.

congratulations to Dr. shalini for your work.

» Girija G said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 08:01:09 }

For someone who has spent years working in these regions, Shalini has a deep understanding of the issues which is reflected in her blog as well as her work. I sincerely hope that this example is emulated across different regions of the country. All the best, Shalini.

» Arvind Bhatt said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 08:01:48 }

Good Initiative! I congrats you guys.

» mini mishra said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 09:01:25 }

Its really a great work done by Dr. Shalini which has brought a new ray of hope for the progress of Himalayan agriculture and welfare of people specially women working in these areas and taking agroforestry at a new pace.

» Arimardan singh said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 09:01:57 }

Excellent work… keep it up and my best wishes are with you…:)

» Dr. Radha Ballabha said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 09:01:52 }

Excellent approach to manage the natural resources in the sustainable way and the fodder bank developed by you will reduce work load of hill women. It will also improve the socio economic condition of rural women and will reduce the pressure on the forest.

Thank you Mam to sharing this link with me

With best wishes

» VINAY SINGH said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 09:01:49 }

A very noble initiative and amount of effort put is appreciable. If this model is replicated and scaled up definitely enormous pressure on Himalayan Forest and Ecosystem will be reduced, also a friendly and supportive way for the local women.

All the best in your effort.

» sameer Dimri said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 09:01:19 }

Best wishes….

» Dr. MM Pandey said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 10:01:09 }

Good initiative. I have seen this situation from my childhood in the hills of Uttarakhand. It is very good approach, this initiative will be contribution to save our environment. ….Goood efforts…

» Surya Kant Langayan said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 11:01:39 }

Congratulations. Very nice.

» Subodh Air said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 11:01:48 }

I have gone through the project proposal and I can only say that its well designed well framed and good initiative for mountain peoples. Congratulations and all the best.

» Yuthika Mathur said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 11:01:03 }

An interesting initiative on achieving sustainable resource management in the fragile ecosystem, with benefits to the community.. And the project does look scale-able. Very well presented too.

All the best :)

» Sarla said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 12:01:21 }

Congratulations Mam…..Really a great efforts which will at least lower some of the workload on hill poor women’s as they spend most of their time in collecting fuel wood and fodder. My best wishes for your future works! Cheers!

» Anupa said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 12:01:24 }

well done for the effort..bits add up to be go on..good initiative..n let us do something for someone who keeps doing for us and never asks for return..THE ENVIRONMENT..OUR MOTHER EARTH..

» varsha said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 12:01:14 }

good luck

» d k sati said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 12:01:45 }

so nice keep it up

» punit said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 12:01:21 }

Keep up with the good work my good wishes

» pompa bhattacharya said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 12:01:15 }

enjoyed reading the article…good job !!

» Adam said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 12:01:57 }

Great Work

» Suman Lakhera said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 01:01:02 }

Gr8 effort….fodder banks concept will not only help the women in hill but also contribute to the ecosystem
Keep up the good work..

» Pabitra Mukhopadhyay said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 01:01:11 }

Fodder Bank Model is an excellent idea and Dr. Dhyani’s work is inspiring. That as a scientist she chose to work in the field and tried to create something of immediate and tangible value is an attitude all young scientists should adopt.
We in India have the Forest Policy as Colonial legacy where State owns the forests. I think it is time we should give it back to the people who are the real trustees.
Nice essay and best of luck.

» Ravi Mishra said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 01:01:11 }

This is unique and great work! Keep it up!

» MAHESH CHANDRA VISHWAKARMA said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 01:01:45 }


» Fen Wang said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 02:01:39 }

Great research work done by Dr. Shalini Dhyani, women are doing a great work in feeding and developing the families, gender equality is should be incorporated into the local development process. The practical knowledge of women in this regard is part of knowledge for sustainable development. There should be bigger roles for women to play in regard to achieve MDGs and implement post-2015 agenda on sustainable development on the ground. Moreover, the practical work done by the women above have contributed to the construction of the ecological capacity of the Himalaya region which is a great initiative in mitigating the climate change that is part of climate governance, that should be promoted widely in the region and many other parts of the world as knowledge for sustainable development should be without boundaries.

Best / Fen. (A report from our GEC UN Climate Summit Observer)

Fen Wang
Executive Chair at GEC
Tel: 0046-704369639
Linkoping, Sweden

» fatma zahra said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 02:01:57 }

Great effort….really commendable work!

» Dr. Manmohan Singh Rawat said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 03:01:08 }

Great work….

» Surabhi said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 03:01:24 }

Great job Shalini didi, I support your views, keep it up.

» Shashi Gautam said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 03:01:39 }

Great work !!!

» Aanontyo AK said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 04:01:14 }

Wonderful work!

» Kennedy Rotich said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 04:01:27 }

Great work which can be easily replicated. Kudos

» DR KUNAL KUMAR DAS said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 04:01:36 }


» Vijay Butola said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 04:01:53 }

MY village Lata is fighting against NTPC Lata-Tapovan Hydro-project, the main concern of the village women safeguarding our traditional grazing and grass haying areas. becoz no grass means no cattle, no cattle means no agriculture, and our government is not understanding that without agriculture our village will not survive

» ritu said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 04:01:14 }

Keepin going..well done!

» Alok Nautiyal said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 05:01:09 }

Great, Keep up the good work!!

» Deepp Negi said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 05:01:56 }

Great Impressive effort By Dr. Shalini dhyani ,extremely helpful step for PAHAD and PAHAD ki Naari.

Keep it up.

All the best .

» Shalini Dhyani said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 05:01:55 }

Dear Vijay Butola Bhai Ji I think developing Fodder Bank in community lands can be an answer to the problem raised by you. We can help you in replicating the model. Let me know if you need support from us. We will be more than happy to help locals of Lata village. I started my research life from your neighboring village Tolma and I am aware about issues..!!

» Siddharth Singh said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 05:01:27 }


» Manoj Kumar Teotia said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 05:01:39 }

The idea is very good but has to be sustained after withdrawal of external handholding/ support systems . atb.

» KAILASH DHYANI said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 05:01:20 }

Our Women’s are most respected women in world,there dedication towards family nobody can deny , definitely ‘PAHAD” will help them. keep it up

» Catie Burlando said: { Jan 28, 2014 - 09:01:26 }

Keep up the good work!

» Ravindra Nath said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 01:01:56 }

भारत से पशु धन समाप्त होता जा रहा है, और इसके पीछे उनके चरागाहों का समाप्त होना एक प्रमुख कारण है| आपके इस सद्प्रयास हेतु आपको अनेकानेक शुभाशीष

» Neelam Bamola said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 01:01:46 }

excellent work done. very good. it is very helpful steps for our pahadi people and mostly for women’s.
heartly congrates.

» Shashi Sharan said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 02:01:25 }

Good luck and best wishes…..

» COMMANDER CHANDRA SHEKHAR said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 02:01:25 }


» Gayatri Mahar said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 03:01:41 }

Fodder bank is one of the model through which dependency of locals on forest can be reduced. Great work Shalini!!!

» Sunita Tomar Agrawal said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:50 }

Kudos to u for the wonderful work u are doing ! Keep going …. u have our blessings and support ! (y)

» Nar Singh Mehara said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:12 }

Congratulations for the excellent work Dr. Deepak. We must support such a great initiative.
All the Best.

» Dr. Deep Singh said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:50 }

I just read this blog written by Dr. Shalini Dhyani and found very much interesting. The concept of fodder bank is really very very good and should be applied in the all villages of hills. In fact Government and other funding agencies should provide the grants for such initiatives. I also belong to a hill state and the fodder problem is very high in our areas, fodder resources are decreasing day by day in the forest plus govt has also banned a number of areas inside these forest. people are leaving their livestock occupation and it directly affected the organic farming culture in almost villages of hills. The fodder bank concept can play a significant role in balancing the livestock and agriculture activities. Besides, it also become a very good means for conserving our forest. I am very happy to read and know about fodder bank. thanks Dr. Shalini for this good work for women of hills….

» Samina Khan Yusufzai said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:46 }

Great work by Dr. Shalini. Keep it up and keep going. Best wishes for evrything you do..

» Chandra Prakash Kala said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:08 }

Interesting work done by Dr. Shalini. I congratulate her and expect that she will continue such an important work for the welfare of Himalayan people.

» Nayan todariya said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:41 }

Doing such a good work nd congratulation for your great impressive, helpful effort for all peoples.

all the best…. for great job not only for peoples also for wild animals… :-) :-)

» Vivek Bhardwaj said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:13 }

Excellent research, wonderful contribution for society especially for women.

» Ajay Maletha said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 06:01:42 }

Is great work it reduce the pressure on forest & women of Himalayas. really appreciated work

» Manish Gairola said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 07:01:18 }

Good Job….keep it up !!!

» gajraj singh rana said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 07:01:01 }

an impressive and noble work done for hill women, keep it up

» shraddha said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 07:01:52 }

Great effort….really commendable work!

» Yashwant Singh Rawat said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 08:01:18 }

Its great idea to develop a fodder and fuelwood bank in rural areas of Himalayan region to help the mountain people particularly the women who are back bone of the Himalayan ecology and sustainability. Thus, such kind of innovative programmes can improve the quality of life, save their time, lives and energy for collecting the fodder and fuelwood from the rugged terrains. Similarly, it will also reduce the pressure on natural forests.

» Ravat Anasuya B said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 08:01:30 }

Excellent work . It must be helpfull for the people residing in hilly regions and mostly for women’s.
Heartly congrates. Keep it up mam..

» Gajendra Rautela said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 08:01:22 }

Really very true and remarkable work to the himalayan mountain women which is called back bone of our society .I would like to thank you on behalf of my mother and my society .

» Preeti Panwar said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 09:01:08 }

All d bst 4 ur gr8 effort…Hill’s Women r awsum

» uma bhat said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 10:01:20 }

best wishes

» Dr Mahesh Chander said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 10:01:14 }

Happy to vote, since it addresses a common concern for all of us! my blog entry #14: WOMEN, LIVESTOCK & FODDER TREES IN CENTRAL HIMALAYAS deals with hte same issue-fodder & women! good reading!

» Dr. Oinam Sunanda Devi said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 10:01:33 }

Keep up the good work Dr. Shalini.

» uma bhat said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 10:01:35 }


» Dr. Kanchan Kumari said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 10:01:35 }

I enjoyed reading your article very much and its true that singular truth contains plural truths.

» Abhay Kuliyal said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 10:01:42 }

Great Work… we need such type to contribution in india.

» Shilpi Ghupta said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 10:01:33 }

Dear you are doing a great effort, please be continue.

» Shailendra Singh Negi said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 11:01:45 }

an impressive and noble work done for hill women, keep it up Great work

» RB said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 11:01:56 }

Brilliant work, All the best.

» Rajeev bhatt said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 12:01:44 }

Great work

» Dr Parul Srivastava said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 01:01:22 }

Good work Shalini!! Keep it up.

» S Sarvade said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 01:01:13 }

This research is very impressive and important for the hilly areas. It will helps to combat problems like fodder deficit during lean period and gender issue in livelihood improvement. Great work, keep it up.

» praween singh said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 02:01:17 }

Excellent work…keep it up!

» naveen ramola said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 02:01:32 }

Amazing work on Excelent concept………..

» ss gusain said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 02:01:37 }

ati uttam prayash cha

» Alpine flora said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 02:01:39 }

Very nice work ..but main theme is to implement. you truly said that women are the ” backbone of Hill Economy”.. i am Also belongs to village environment ..our sisters and mothers go for the fodder within forest which is very far from village and it is very dangerous. some women s fall from the mountains during cutting grass , some harm by Leopard and Bears, and some times harm by rock fall .. so there is need to develop a model for enhancing planting the fodder plants, in near by areas… like Bhimal, Kadig, Sakina, Baanj, Kharsu , Moru , Bhatlu, Nyar, Tungla .. these plant germinate very fast ..and can be easily grow at the slopes of agriulture areas (Locally called as Dokhra).. main solution is come from this work to reduce pressure at forest like Unsusitinable use and deforestation..Mainly i see in Garhwal himalayan Regions many work is done by different eminent scientist but the main objectives of these scientists is to publish RESEARCH PAPERS. they take samples and do experiment at village areas and after when the experiment is complete they take hands back…so there is need to develop long time and sustainable models.. to develop strategic approach . Shalini mam You are doing very good work. when you go to village there is definetly some womens faces blooms with happiness when you come.. they give you Tea , Burans Juice , Jhangora and Mandua chapati then our heart says ….Maine is devbhoomi me janam liya hai or me Thora bhi iskeliye kuch kar paun to mujhse bada bhagyashali shayad he koi hoga…Jai Bharat Jai Uttarakhand -)

» dr kavita pandit said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 03:01:22 }

Good work.keep it up

» rama singh said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 03:01:04 }

great work

» ajay k.gohel said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 03:01:40 }

I like

» Vipul said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 03:01:38 }

Really good job mam

» ajay k.gohel said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 04:01:35 }

Brilliant work best

» rakesh k pandey said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 04:01:00 }

Excellent work, well done

» Pragya Chaturvedi said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 04:01:30 }

Brilliant work Shalini, really very interesting, best wishes.

» Pradeep samarawickrama said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 04:01:40 }

Excellent work by Dr. Shalini. Keep it up, Good luck .

» Pankaj Sharma said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:15 }

Good effort, try to explore it to in other states also

» Somnath said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:26 }

I support the cause

» Dev Raj Agarwal said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:57 }

This concept is not only going to help the hard working hill women but also reducing pressure on our resources.

» swarnima k.c said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:39 }

good and impressive

» Amba Jamir said: { Jan 29, 2014 - 05:01:25 }

Well done Shalini… Best wishes always

» Neelam Bamola said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 01:01:37 }

congrats to both of you. i read whole article and i am too much impress with this type of work.
its realy realy impressive to all type of community. and realy its too much beneficial for our pahadi people.
realy good work.

» Climate Himalaya said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 03:01:17 }

Commendable efforts by Dr. Shalini. We fully endorse her noble and innovative efforts.

» Mausumi Sarkar said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 04:01:50 }

Your contribution to society and environment is incomparable. I really loved this blog post. The best part of your research work is the implemenation. Wish you a bright future ahead.

» Kadambini Das said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 04:01:59 }

Congratulations and wish u all the best for this great initiative. I am, myself, working in Central and Western Himalayan region for last 3 and a half year for my doctorate work on some of the medicinal and endemic plants of this region and I have closely observed the problems that you have listed above since, one part of my work involves interaction with local people too. And this is indeed a basic problem there and is putting lots of pressure on locals as well as forests cover that area. It is very good that you people have came up with a solution to this problem. Wish you all the best again :)

» Manoj Thakur said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 04:01:19 }

Good work…best wishes

» Jaydip B. Chauhan said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 05:01:23 }

Keep up the good work! sir…………..

» Dharam Singh said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 05:01:29 }

Great Efforts…!
in the direction of better livelihood and your kind efforts for resolving Himalayan issues
I thank you very much for your kind co-operations & support

this too seems a part of setting-up technological nursery for rural industrialisation & entrepreneurship development
this will be a great help for us and it will improve the livelihood & Skill Development of the Poor People dwelling in the Hill Region of the State of Uttarakhand

kind regards

» Nagendra Negi said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 05:01:35 }

Good work. Well done Dr. Shalini.

» Prabal Sen said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 05:01:08 }

Good job. I have my best wishers for the team.

» Sandhya Farswan said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 06:01:55 }

Really appreciated work.. keep it up.. gud luck :)

» padma roy said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 06:01:38 }

Great effort and keep up the good work, my best wishes

» Bhavye said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 06:01:59 }

Green Earth
Green Himalayas!!!
Great going

» maulshri uniyal said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 08:01:33 }

U people r working for such a great cause. Indeed there is lot of pressure on the females of hilly areas n they have a tough life full of difficult work which takes a toll on their health too. Excellent work u r doing and fodder management is a great concept. All the very best to you. Keep up the good work..

» Dr kavita pandit said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 08:01:48 }

I really appreciate the work. Good work!keep it up

» Subhadeep said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 08:01:05 }

Very important work which is of the maximum need of this hour. I wish her all the best for future endeavors.



» NEETU SINGH said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 10:01:49 }

A great effort … May such studies solve the problems of not only Himalayan ecosystem but other parts of INDIA too. Hope, these findings redues the load of forest as well as hilly wonens.

» Dr. B S Rawat ARS (Retd Pricipal Scientist ICAR/ NDRI said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 10:01:38 }

Normaly the term “Bank” is understood as a place from where a certain commodity is available. A fodder bank is a place from where fodder ( usually dry/preserved is available to the needy all round the year. In Uttarakhand dry fodder is kept safe in stacks called ‘PALAKUDS’ made either around a tree trunk or a pole, the fodder consists of straws of paddy, mandua and hay made from green grass cut from the forests during months after rains when sun drying is possible. This drudgery of roaming the forests for green grass to be made into hay is the campaign seeks to soften by way of new ways of cultivating fodder trees and grasses .
The articles published are meant for only science community,s use , as the name are given in botanical terminology , local names are kept away, so how can the villagers, or even the govt. machinery benefit from the informations if the feel like transferring the knowledge to the actual beneficiaries ?
Please take the trouble of writing the texts and recommended techniques in popular language, name of grasses and trees in local lingua and also give the optimum sizes of the banks, say per adult unit of livestock for one full year plus losses during storage, handling feeding under chhan or gaushala system having no separate feed alleys .

» Dr. Manoahar Lal said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 10:01:55 }

Wonderful research…… it is great step to reduce the work load of women and pressure on natural resources……..

» shaivya tripathi said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 10:01:15 }

best of luck di….

» Dr. Manmohan Singh Rawat said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 10:01:20 }

Wonderful work this type of work should do anyone …..Well done

» Dr. Manmohan Singh Rawat said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 10:01:54 }

I really felt your work is appreciable. Excellent work u r doing very great concept. Wish you good luck. Keep it up .

» Kirtiman Awasthi said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 12:01:21 }

Nice article…I believe fodder banks will have multiple benefits– reducing women drudgery and pressure on forests as rightly indicated as well in reducing instances of human-animal conflict. However, it is important to identify right locations for setting up such fodder banks.

» Vijay Barthwal said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 01:01:07 }

Dear Ms Dhyani,

Is it possible to replicate this in the Pauri/Srinagar Valley?


» sudha pande said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 01:01:25 }

good work.keep it up.

» D.R.Purohit said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 04:01:28 }

Shalini, you are working on a concept which has been in folk practice for thousands of years and which alone will support human community for coming millenia.
Go ahead and give some wisdom to the leaders and planners of this mountain state who are dreaming to develop and sustain this region through SIDCULs cocacola factories

» sangeeta said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 05:01:26 }

very nice work done by Shalini and her team. Good Luck for more power and progress.

» narendra said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 05:01:23 }

Good work, keep it up.

» deepti tiwari said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 05:01:39 }

great effort that is surely commendable,wish u luck for the success as it is for womens upliftment and conservation of our forests,truly,area of concern.nice blog.

» anuj shahi said: { Jan 30, 2014 - 05:01:25 }

keep it up…………… true crusader………..!!!!!!!!!!!

» neha said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 04:01:26 }

Great work di,go ahead,congrats…..

» Dr. Shalini Dhyani said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 05:01:00 }

Dr. Vijay Barthwal we definitely can replicate this work in Pauri and Srinagar Garhwa. DO let me know if you wish to go ahead and need my support for this. You may directly reach me at

» Dr. Shalini Dhyani said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 05:01:59 }

Dr. B.S. Rawat Sir,

many thanks for your detailed insights. Post harvest residue in this part of Garhwal is known as Kodnatha for Koda/madua/Finger millet residue and jhangortha for jhangora/pseudo millet residue.

Though with change in crops and cropping practices from indigenous to cash crops like Potato and Soyabean this fodder is also declining. Introduction of hybrid seed varieties that yield more but are more of dwarf varieties with very less or no post harvest residue are also leading to less shortage of this type of fodder generally used by locals during lean winter periods. I hereby take your suggestion of writing something in local language with local species names. I hope in next few months we will be able to come up with such detailed document.

Kind Regards

» Salilesh Shukla said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 07:01:32 }

Great work.

» kusum pharswan said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 08:01:06 }

its really a suprb n innovative idea….
All the best n keep it up

» Komal Gaba said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 08:01:19 }

Great work.

» Gaurav Kumar Gupta said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 08:01:57 }

Great effort for the villages of great Himalayas.

» Shaily Gupta said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 08:01:03 }

Good going ma’am.

» Shipra Gupta said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 08:01:57 }

You are doing a good work. Keep it up.

» Komal Gupta said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 09:01:02 }

You are doing good job mam.

» Nidhi Nagabhatla said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 09:01:56 }

nice composition on diversification of approaches to handle wicked challenges and multiple goals …

» sobhan said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 11:01:44 }

appreciable work, must be applied by all.

» Munjit Kaur said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 02:01:11 }

Great effort n great work. Keep on going.

» premlal dewli said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 03:01:33 }

very good effort, it will help local people in long run. congratulations for initiating it

» Nirmal said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 05:01:00 }

Excellent article Maam’
I am Nirmal Khatri Scientist Agroforestry ICAR, I am presently undergoing training at NAARM. I hail from Uttarakhand, the place you have mentioned in your story, I would like to work in same line which you have suggested, ‘empowering himalayan livelihood through agroforestry’, I pray to get posted in some remote himalayan village only 2 more months to go.

» Himani said: { Jan 31, 2014 - 07:01:26 }

Gud job….. All d vry best

» Shantwana Ghimire said: { Feb 1, 2014 - 12:02:14 }

well done!!

» vipul said: { Feb 1, 2014 - 05:02:14 }

Really good effort mam. keep it up.

» dr savita bisht rawat said: { Feb 1, 2014 - 06:02:37 }

good work shalini. keep it up….

» Dharmendra Kumar Sarraf said: { Feb 1, 2014 - 07:02:48 }

A unique and fruitful job and beneficial for those population.

» kusum pharswan said: { Feb 1, 2014 - 08:02:52 }

a really excellent idea and a inovative work…

» Siddharth Negi said: { Feb 2, 2014 - 03:02:17 }

Its a wonderful article. I observe your efforts very meaningful to our work on forest right with the native communities in Narayanbagar Block, District Chamoli, Uttarakhand. Shalini, perhaps if you may like to also integrate your work with the much referred to as landmark judgment “the forest right act 2006″, I think you maybe able to take many steps ahead in your efforts of Community fodder bank, which is a excellent idea.

Do keep connecting.
with best wishes
Siddharth Singh Negi

» tiffany said: { Feb 2, 2014 - 06:02:29 }

Good work

» Shubho Das Gupta said: { Feb 2, 2014 - 10:02:37 }

Fabulous effort. Please keep it up.

» rubab baig said: { Feb 2, 2014 - 01:02:49 }

great work,all the best

» lily mitra said: { Feb 2, 2014 - 02:02:24 }

wish you luck shalini…great job done..!!

» sudeep said: { Feb 2, 2014 - 04:02:15 }

Great work bhaiya…surely this step will make a difference in community of Uttrakhand…it’ll worth it one wishes…

» Shalini Dhyani said: { Feb 2, 2014 - 04:02:18 }

Dear Siddharth Negi ji,

Many thanks for your kind words of appreciation and motivation. It will be pleasure to integrate my work with Forests Rights Act. Please write me in detail at



» anirudh said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 03:02:38 }

Gre8 work…keep it up good wishes Shalini ji!

» Rakesh Singh said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 04:02:13 }

It is a great idea to produce fodderin sustainable manner. Quite admirable job done by Dr. Shalini..

» Dipendra Singh said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 04:02:34 }

I love this approach to work for our hill womens. Really nice work done by Shalini.

» Dr. Aman Sharma, Scientist Fellow said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 04:02:40 }

Great initiative, this will not only reduce the pressure on forests and women in the Himalaya but also work as tool to sustain the fragile Himalaya……All the very best dear….Keep it up……….

» ARUN P. DHYANI said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 08:02:52 }

Excellent work…keep it up!

» Rahul said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 09:02:26 }

wonderful effort.. congrats for ur nice work for hill women..

» Surendra Singh said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 09:02:04 }

salute to your work Shalini..

» krishna Misra said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 09:02:17 }

I always feel about our depleting natural resources but never got any solution for this. After reading this blog written by Dr Shalini Dhyani, i can now think that people like shalini can give solution for such depleting natural resources. I am very much impressed with the work and a new concept of FODDER BANK to conserve our natural resources/ forest. This model not only serving our poor hill women but simultaneously serving our nature earth. This is a very lively example of doing great for the earth and its environment. Keep the very good work up.. god bless u… and congratulations……………….

» Aadil said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 09:02:33 }

well done Dr Shalini, I like the work and ur effort to conserve fodder resources as well as way of its utilisation.. good work..

» Virendra Singh said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 09:02:30 }

nice concept


» Deepak said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 09:02:51 }

Good to know about fodder bank concept ..

Congratulation for ur nice work done.

Keep it up

» satish kumar said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 09:02:52 }

MY vote no is 500

congratulation for your good applied work in uttarakhand. I am happy to know about fodder bank.


» Vikash Negi said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 09:02:43 }

Superb research done for himalayan people.

» Deepak Kumar said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 10:02:00 }

My vote no is 516
My Name is Deepak Kumar

First of all I would like to congratulate Dr. Shalini Dhyani for her great work.
I love this effort because I live in Himalayan state and the problem of fodder is
very often in our village and surrounding villages. People have no other option to
cut grasses and small twigs of trees inside the forests. Our rural people don’t have
any idea of growing fodder in their waste lands or abandoned lands. However they
cut and use the reduces or other byproducts of harvested cereals for feeding their
animals. but usually is remain dry and dry fodder never give more nutrition then
green fodder.

After reading such a nice research article inside this blog I am very much happy that
now I can tell my village people about the utilization and benefits of fodder banks. Shalini
has given us a great research. I heartly thanks Dr. Shalini Dhyani for her real research / applied research
in mountain region.

Thanks and Thanks so much

» B.S. Ganatra said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 10:02:42 }

vote no 527

Great Initiative in tough region of India. Must be appreciated.

» Vikram said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 10:02:23 }

Nice work.. congrats

» Duong said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 04:02:30 }

Congrats Shalini and team!

» Piyush said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 05:02:57 }

Great work..

» Luqman Majidadi said: { Feb 3, 2014 - 11:02:35 }

I will vote for this work over and over if need be because the Researcher has taken as a subject a very broad and all important subject that affects virtually every farming commuinity especially in developing countries. More fodder in the bank will lead to less drudgery and more time for Children upbringing and other profitable ventures.

» Digamber Prasad said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 02:02:10 }

Great work.

» P. K. Nair said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 03:02:38 }

An excellent piece of work. Congratulations. I would strongly encourage the author not to stop it here, but to take it to the next level of reporting and presentation. The value of the report could be enhnaced by presenting the whole expereince on a more scientific footing than just reporting “I did this, and found this.” The author, being a PhD with this exceptional experience, is in a unique position to present it in an analytical, systematic, and quantitiative, format rather than the merely descriptive and observational style used in this report. What was the problem that was addressed, what are the biophysical and socioeconomic conditions of the study/project area, what were the procedures adopted, what were the theoretical and scientific foundations (of social science and physical science) for adopting those methods and procedures, what were the results (quantitative) obtained, what general conclusins can be drawn from the results and experiences that could be applicable to places other than the specific location of this study, … Such a scientific analysis and presentation would make this an excellent contribution. The author has the technical background to do thatand the author should take it as her (his?) professional oblibgation to provide that to the world at large. Without such an insightful analysis, I am afraid, this wonderful study will remain as yet another anecdotal experience, and be forgotten with time. I hope the author will consider these suggestions with the right attitude. Please realize that the intention is in no way to belittle the value of the work, but to help earn the desrving recognition to it. Best wishes.

» P. K. Nair said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 04:02:55 }

Aftersubmitting the comment above, I noted several typo errors in that (No spell-check possibility). Therefore, please disregard the comment above and consider the following corrected version. Thank you.

An excellent piece of work. Congratulations. I would strongly encourage the author not to stop it here, but to take it to the next level of reporting and presentation. The value of the report could be enhanced by presenting the whole experience on a more scientific footing than just reporting “I did this, and found this.” The author, being a PhD with this exceptional experience, is in a unique position to present it in an analytical, systematic, and quantitative, format rather than the merely descriptive and observational style used in this report. What was the problem that was addressed, what are the biophysical and socioeconomic conditions of the study/project area, what were the procedures adopted, what were the theoretical and scientific foundations (of social science and physical science) for adopting those methods and procedures, what were the results (quantitative) obtained, what general conclusions can be drawn from the results and experiences that could be applicable to places other than the specific location of this study, … Such a scientific analysis and presentation would make this an excellent contribution. The author has the technical background to do that and the author should take it as her (his?) professional obligation to provide that to the world at large. Without such an insightful analysis, I am afraid, this wonderful study will remain as yet another anecdotal experience, and be forgotten with time. I hope the author will consider these suggestions with the right attitude. Please realize that the intention is in no way to belittle the value of the work, but to help earn the deserving recognition to it. Best wishes.

» Ram Prasad said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 05:02:01 }

Hard work done by Dr. Shalini & her team. Keep it continue for betterment of hill society.

» Dr. L.S. Rawat said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 05:02:48 }

Its a nice and successful effort done by author and her team. It will strengthen not only resources but also provide valuable (direct or indirect) support to rural women.
Congratulation for good work,

» Dr. M.S. Rana said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 05:02:47 }

Excellent work to empower the Garhwal hill women. Fodder bank is a decent concept to reduce drudgery of poor rural women. Thanks for such a wonderful article.. keep working good.

» Krishna Sankar said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 06:02:20 }

You are doing great job in himalayan region.

All the best.

» Dr. Rajesh Uniyal said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 06:02:06 }

I am feeling very proud to give my vote for such a nice work..


» Vivek said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 06:02:49 }

Article shows some great work done for women. I appreciate the hardwork of author and also the cooperation of village women in such a good work.

for the excellent work my vote is for your work and the people who made it possible through their contribution.



» D. Deependra said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 08:02:51 }

Its a splendid work. Thanks I learnt something for my society and definitely i will do it in my region. In fact this is a good approach to reduce the pressure from forest as well as to reduce drudgery of women.

» Dr Arvind Uniyal said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 08:02:06 }

Good applied research done. Must be appreciated for conservation of forest and its resources.
congratulation for this work

» akhilesh said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 09:02:10 }

good jjob

» Vijay Godiyal said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 10:02:40 }

great job done .

» koisani said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 10:02:31 }

you made me learn from the mistakes i did while destroying my climate you are a champion and a hero to you need a reward from changing me from all what i use to do and also my nation is getting a great job from me and all was from you

» koisani said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 10:02:43 }

all the way from kenya we are celebrating you work to change many minds keep up the good work and spirit

» Dr. L. Surjit said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 11:02:13 }

A very rare and positive initiative which need to takeup by every youth clubs of this country for a better environment and economic development of our nation.

» Archana Dimri said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 11:02:20 }

Best wishes

» Sameer Dimri said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 11:02:34 }

Great job

» Sunil said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 12:02:30 }

Congratulations..keep up the good work

» Rakesh Rauthan said: { Feb 4, 2014 - 06:02:06 }

Superb work.

» Dr. P. SHARMA said: { Feb 5, 2014 - 06:02:48 }

I am glad to know that a successful applied research has finally come to some very good results. Concept of making fodder bank with people’s preferred fodder species is a perfect idea to conserve the resources from forest. The Author and her team has done a good job for women in tough valley of Uttarakhand.

The blog is also written very well with all suitable information.
Best wishes

» Dr. Shalini Dhyani said: { Feb 5, 2014 - 11:02:40 }

Dear Dr. Nair,

Many thanks for your kind words of appreciation and motivation. Sir regarding scientific
publications with details on scientific methodology, results etc. I have already provided
some links at the end of the blog and you can have a look to them.
As the model is already working and I am still associated with it I am trying to provide
option and seek opportunities to generate monetary benefits for locals.



» Prashant Dhyani said: { Feb 5, 2014 - 11:02:00 }

Hi team this is very good for us. I like this idea… we needs to keep it up……well done.

» Nilam Sati said: { Feb 6, 2014 - 05:02:31 }

Very good concept with excellent piece of work.


» RAKESH GUNSOLA said: { Feb 6, 2014 - 05:02:41 }




» Deepak Uniyal said: { Feb 6, 2014 - 05:02:00 }

Very impressive work carried out in far-flung valley of Himalaya.

Thanks for doing such great work to reduce pressure from women and forest.

» Dinesh Prasad said: { Feb 6, 2014 - 06:02:20 }

Congratulation Dr. Shalini for your nice effort and successful research work.
Great initiative for poor women of Kedarnath valley. I hope now the condition
of women especially the girl child will become better day by day. Women
will get time to look after her home, child and other necessary deeds.
All thanks to your efforts for launching fodder banks in this valley.

» Dr. Girish Sharma said: { Feb 6, 2014 - 07:02:17 }

The work looks like need of hour to maintain the livestock population in villages. Now a days peoples
are migrating from villages due to less option of occupation in villages but this fodder bank seems to be
a new opportunity for villagers. Due to scarcity of fodder in hill areas, local people have started to leave
their main occupations i.e. agriculture and livestock rearing. Now this fodder bank which is really a nice
concept especially to generate good livestock population in village as well as it also promote organic farming.

thanks for giving us fodder bank concept.

Dr. Girish

» P. Raju said: { Feb 6, 2014 - 10:02:36 }

Superb work..

» M.J.Shanmuga said: { Feb 6, 2014 - 11:02:11 }

Fodder bank a new idea for me and it is really a good effort done by author.
I wish u all the best for this great initiative.

» SUSHIL BIJALWAN said: { Feb 6, 2014 - 11:02:12 }

Excellent work . It must be helpful to the local people residing in hilly regions and mostly for women.
I’m so full of gratitude and deep appreciation for all you’ve done for the recently affected Kedarnath valley.
Hope people will certainly stand again and keep strengthening each other. The fodder bank model will certainly
help direct or indirect to villagers.



» ALok Mishra said: { Feb 6, 2014 - 03:02:01 }

very nice work mam. reading the article was a good experience.

» DR VINOD KUMAR said: { Feb 7, 2014 - 09:02:07 }

Such initiatives are quite necessary for the conservation of our natural resources which all are degraded/depleting very fast especially ranges and natural pastures in throughout the country. If this type of model implemented in arid /semi-arid part of the country will definitely solve the fodder crisis in lean period.

» jyoti singh said: { Feb 7, 2014 - 03:02:13 }

Great work…this is excellent effort …congrats di

» jyoti singh said: { Feb 7, 2014 - 03:02:36 }

Great work.this is excellent. congrats di

» Sudhir Srivastava said: { Feb 8, 2014 - 06:02:03 }

I do appreciate this blog article due its nice on ground applied research work.
Good concept.

Congratulations for ur future work..

» Suresh Mukhiya said: { Feb 8, 2014 - 06:02:17 }

great effort.

» Rajendra Bhandari said: { Feb 8, 2014 - 06:02:53 }

Very good concept for our hills.

» G.S. NEGI said: { Feb 8, 2014 - 06:02:12 }

Superb work and great concept. Nice to read all about this research. Thanks for sharing it on blog.

Best Wishes

» AMIT said: { Feb 8, 2014 - 10:02:11 }

Fantastic work for villages.

» K.D. Devrankar said: { Feb 8, 2014 - 10:02:13 }

Congrats for great work.

» dwaipayan said: { Feb 8, 2014 - 05:02:36 }

Excellent work done.. and a work that will go on.. it was great to read through a few lines of your xperience.. more to follow i guess..

» Kim said: { Feb 8, 2014 - 05:02:24 }

I appreciate the research and your effort through years. I hope we can spread the importance of Fodder Banks in reducing Drudgery of Hill Women and Pressure from Forests. Actually, there are some shorts of the same issue in the mountainous region of Vietnam, nowadays. I hope to do the research and see the feasible policy soon.

» Shilpa pandey said: { Feb 8, 2014 - 06:02:11 }

Excellent work!!keep it up Dr Shalini

» sridhar said: { Feb 8, 2014 - 07:02:54 }

Excellent case study sir. There should be fodder banks in every village

» Vandana Gupta said: { Feb 8, 2014 - 09:02:24 }

Nice Effort, well compiled and written. Congrats.

» Dr. Prerna pokhriyal gusain said: { Feb 9, 2014 - 08:02:05 }

Hi, Shalini very good concept. Keep it up.

» sudeep said: { Feb 9, 2014 - 11:02:37 }

Hope u’ll get desirable result for this…my best wishes…

» Rashmi said: { Feb 9, 2014 - 11:02:03 }

Wonderful work …..keep going…..Really appreciate your work.

» TOUSEEF HUSSAIN said: { Feb 9, 2014 - 03:02:12 }

We all should appreciate the work, SAVE OUR FUTURE and SAVE THE EARTH………….

» SRIDEVI UNNI said: { Feb 10, 2014 - 04:02:38 }

Great effort. Its really informative and a very good method of Sustainable Development which has been practically proved.

» SRIDEVI UNNI said: { Feb 10, 2014 - 04:02:01 }

Good effort. Its really informative and a very good method of Sustainable development which has been practically proved.

» Abhay Bahuguna said: { Feb 10, 2014 - 12:02:45 }

Good work, well done keep it up…

» Mahesh C. Tewari said: { Feb 11, 2014 - 02:02:14 }

Impressed with your work. Wish you good luck in your efforts.

» Vibhas Awasthi said: { Feb 13, 2014 - 04:02:01 }

keep it up…. :)

» laxmi jaiswal said: { Feb 27, 2014 - 12:02:28 }

worth appreciating. All the best.

» Kanchan Kumari said: { Mar 1, 2014 - 07:03:01 }

The comments which are appearing with my name on 29.1.14 has not given by me. I need clarification on this point.

» Piyush Dhyani said: { Mar 3, 2014 - 04:03:13 }

keep it up…good luck

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