Anjan grass | Cenchrus ciliaris

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Anjan grass is a most important perennial grass with a marked tussocky habit of growth. It is leafy prostrate and rhizomatous grass of the tropics up to an altitude of 1500 meters.

Local  names:  Buffel  grass,  African foxtail

It shows best growth in monsoon. It can withstand drought and is an excellent grazing grass for hot dry areas in tropics and sub-tropics. It is a good soil binder and hence used as a cover crop on bunds for soil and water conservation. Depending on rainfall, the yield varies greatly and in arid tract with less than 300 mm rainfall, a well established pasture produces  90-110

 

tonnes/ha green matter.

Nutritive value

Anjan grass

 

Anjan grass is relished by all classes of livestock. It is an excellent type maintenance quality fodder and can support milk yield without concentrate up to a limited extent. It contains  11% crude protein at young stage with suitable ratio of calcium and phosphorus. Neutral detergent fibre and acid detergent fibre content is 72.0 and 38.0%, respectively. It provides vary good hay since it retains its nutritive value even when ripe    fully.