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Utility of Azolla as animal feed

Naina Srivastava*
Department of Botany, D.A.V. (P.G.) College, Karanpur, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Received : 17th May, 2022 ; Revised : 18th June, 2022

Abstract– Various species of Azolla plants are highly productive, with high in protein and minerals, and other nutrients. The special thing is that Azolla is a portion of tasty and nutritious food for cows, buffaloes, chickens, pigs, goats, ducks, and animals. Along with this, apart from adequate amounts of vitamin A and vitamin B12, essential minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, etc. are also found in it. It contains almost all the essential amino acids, probiotics, bio-polymers, and beta carotene. If you look at the cost of Azolla, there is more profit in very less expenditure, because there is no need to invest much money in it. Farmers can grow it in a shady place in their home and farm, as it requires only one plastic sheet, for laying in the bed. Azolla is a treasure trove of complete nutrients, from which all the nutrients of animals are fulfilled. Regular feeding of Azolla to the animals increases their production as well as increases their body and keeps the animals healthy. The maximum benefit has been found in the cow because the cow does not eat leather, clothes, soil, etc. The main reason for this is that if the cow is not fed balanced fodder, there is a lack of nutrients in her body, due to which she eats leather, slippers, clothes, and polythene. It was seen in the survey that the cow which was fed Azolla daily does not eat all of these.

Key words: Azolla, vitamin, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese

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