Potential use of halophytes with emphasis on fodder production in coastal areas of Pakistan

  • M. Ajmal Khan
  • Raziuddin Ansari


Fresh water resources both for domestic and agricultural use are constantly depleting worldwide and crop yields suffer from a steady increase in soil salinity, especially in the arid and semi-arid areas. A burgeoning world population is a further threat to sustained food supply. Equally or even more affected in some cases, are other resources like fodder for animals and fuel wood for the rural poor. Efforts are hence needed to find an alternate source of water and utilization of saline lands for economic benefit. The varied climatic conditions of Pakistan offer opportunities for selecting suitable halophytes for specific purposes. Whereas halophytes may be used for a variety of purposes like food, fiber, fuel wood, medicines, source of chemicals, landscaping, ornamental, carbon sequestration, etc., one of the very important utilities lies in their use as fodder. An animal feeding trial showed that traditional green fodder (maize) and a halophytic grass (Panicum) were equally good for growth and development of 1-year-old cow calves. Meat from animals fed 100% Panicum was leaner and hence better for human consumption from health point of view.


Carbon Sequestration Fuel Wood Salt Tolerant Plant Fodder Production Varied Climatic Condition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Ajmal Khan
    • 1
  • Raziuddin Ansari
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Sustainable Halophyte UtilizationUniversity of KarachiKarachiPakistan

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