This study aims to review, document, and disseminate information to better understand hydroponic green fodder production and utilization as livestock feed. Production of green fodder in sufficient quantities to meet the current demand has occurred as a crucial problem today.
One of the methods to overcome this problem is the hydroponic cultivation of green fodder as animal feed. Hydroponics green fodder production encompasses the growing of plants without soil but with little water or nutrient-rich solution in a greenhouse using high-cost hi-tech or low-cost devices for a short duration. Different fodder crops can be used for this system based on the environmental conditions, cost, and availability of seeds.
Green fodder produced by the hydroponic system is highly palatable, digestible, nutritious, safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly and can be fed suitable for all types and categories of animals. It has a meaningful advantage in water use efficiency, reducing space and time, constant supplying of quality fodder, increasing fodder yield, reducing forage loss, less labor required, and economic feasibility against conventional/traditional methods.
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Mijena, Diribi & Getiso, Aman & Ijara, Fromsa. (2022). Role of Hydroponics Technology in Green Fodder Production as Livestock Feed Resource: Review. Research Journal of Animal Sciences. 15. 20-25. 10.36478/rjnasci.2021.20.25.