Improved Grazing Management Techniques for Rampur Landscape
This report provides an overview of the Forest-PLUS grazing assessment study in the Rampur landscape, which identified prevalent unsustainable and destructive grazing practices and proposed an improved grazing management technique detailing technical interventions that include policy recommendations. The study analyzed the extent of the problem in the three forest divisions of Rampur, Anni, and Kotgarh in the landscape.
The study involved primary and secondary research including data collected from secondary sources and analysis for a better understanding of realities on the ground. The primary research involved interactions with the concerned government departments at the divisional and district levels followed by field-level discussions with Forest Range Officers, community leaders, Joint Forest Management Committee (JFMC) members, and women groups. This stratified consultative approach helped to gain insights into the issues related to grazing management and fodder requirements in the landscape.
Forest-PLUS followed up on the study recommendations and piloted silvipastoral models and forage conservation techniques as measures to reduce grazing pressure on the forest lands. Forest-PLUS also promoted maize silage to improve the quality of feed and reduce fodder wastage, which resulted in many community members eager to adopt silage. Because of these successes, Forest-PLUS plans to work closely with the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department (HPFD) and local communities for large-scale replication of these techniques through training and outreach.