Integrating banana and ruminant production in the French West Indies

  title={Integrating banana and ruminant production in the French West Indies},
  author={Harry Archim{\`e}de and Jean Luc Gourdine and Audrey Fanchone and R{\'e}gis Tournebize and Myl{\`e}ne Bassien-Capsa and Eliel Gonz{\'a}lez-Garc{\'i}a},
  journal={Tropical Animal Health and Production},
Using a mechanistic model, we compared five alternative farming systems with the purpose of transforming monoculture (MON) banana farms into mixed farming systems (MFS) with ruminants feeding banana by-products (leaves, pseudostems and nonmarketable fruits) and forage from the fallow land. The paper presents the main structure of the model (land surface changes, available biomass for animals, stocking rates, productive or reproductive indicators), and impact assessment (change in farm… CONTINUE READING

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