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Breeding cows in a zero-grazing system can be a dual environmental solution

Households in Rwanda that own cattle, such as the one in this week’s story on biogas, are required by law to practice zero grazing. Zero grazing is the practice of keeping animals in stalls and feeding them cut fodder. The Rwandan government fines owners if any animal is found wandering freely.

The script of the week, from Farm Radio International senior writer Jean-Paul Ntezimana in Rwanda, addresses the environmental impacts of the methane which cows produce. This script will help farmers understand that cattle do contribute to global warming and climate change. It will also help Rwandan farmers understand that intensive farming with improved breeds is one way to address climate change as well as fight against overgrazing.


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