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.
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.