Napier grass is an improved fodder grass that produces a lot of high-protein forage. It is also known as “elephant grass”, “Sudan grass” or “king grass”. Its scientific name is Pennisetum purpureum. Napier grass is best suited to high rainfall areas, but it is drought-tolerant and can also grow well in drier areas. It does not grow well in waterlogged areas. It can be grown along with fodder trees along field boundaries or along contour lines or terrace risers to help control erosion. It can be intercropped with crops such as legumes and fodder trees, or as a pure stand.
Napier grass is propagated easily. It has deep roots, so is fairly drought-resistant. The tender, young leaves and stems are very palatable for livestock. Napier grass grows very fast. Planting procedure Napier grass can be planted using by Seeds methods. Preparation of Mother bed and sowing to seeds and get ready for planting materials then do following method for planting.
Harvesting Crop may be harvested 50 days after planting seed. It may be used for pasture or may be cut and used for fodder later. This grass is susceptible to overgrazing.Yields and Economics Duke (1978) reports hay yields up to 43 MT/ha. Trials in India gave yields of 29–48 tons green herbage/ha in 2 or 3 cuttings. Cultivated fodder in India, Brazil, and Africa; mainly used locally where grown.
Super Nepier is a Hybrid Napier Grass obtained by crossing Elephant Grass and Pearl Millet.
1. Pakchong 1 Super Napier is the only variety in Asia giving highest crude protein (14-18%)
2. Pakchong1 Super Napier can give yield of 200 Tons per acre per year which makes it as “King of Napiers” in Asia.
3. 180 Tons per acre per year means a dairy farmer can easily rear 15 cows in one acre of land.
4. Farmers can save huge money because of high protein content (14-18%).
5. Highly suitable for silage because Pakchong 2 Super Napier has WSC 18 (water soluble carbohydrate), so no need to add any additives while making silage.
The first cut is taken from 75 to 90 days after planting and subsequent cuts are taken after intervals of 30 to 45 days.
Green Fodder Yeild:
7 to 8 cuttings per year and 50 to 60 tons per cutting depending upon the soil.
Features of Napier Grass Seeds
- NAPIER GRASS (Pennisetum purpureum) is popular fodder crop for small scale dairy farmers in the high and medium potential dairy production areas. It is a fast growing, deeply rooted, perennial grass growing up to 4 metres tall that can spread by underground stems to form thick ground cover. Napier is easy to establish and persistent; Drought Tolerant; suitable for cutting and very good for silage making
- NAPIER GRASS is a high yielding fodder crop with good palatability, Highly Nutritious especially when young, dark green leaves and less than 1 metre tall.
- NAPIER GRASS can be grown along with fodder trees along field boundaries or along contour lines or terrace risers to help control erosion. It can be intercropped with crops such as legumes and fodder trees, or as a pure stand.
- NAPIER GRASS is that it propagates easily. It has a soft stem that is easy to cut. It has deep roots, so is fairly drought-resistant. The tender, young leaves and stems are very palatable for livestock and grows very fast
- NAPIER GRASS is an improved fodder grass that produces a lot of high-protein forage.
|0.3 to 0.4 cm.
|5 % (max.)
|50 ppm (max.)
|25/50 kg.PP BagS packing.
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