Livestock density and nutrient balances across Asia

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  • 1. LIVESTOCK DENSITY AND NUTRIENT BALANCES ACROSS ASIA 1000 km Prepared by P P. GERBER 1) , P.CHILONDA 1) , G. FRANCESCHINI 1) , H. MENZI 2) 1) Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) - Livestock Environment and Development Initiative (LEAD), 00100 Rome, Italy 2) Swiss College of Agriculture (SHL), Länggasse 85, CH-3052 Zollikofen, Switzerland Livestock production is developing very fast in most parts of Asia, driven by a booming demand. The increase is mainly supported by industrial systems, with series of environmental impacts, among which nutrient overloads is probably the most severe. The purpose of the current study is to asses the geographical pattern of this issue across East, South and Southeast Asia. A combination of nutrient mass balances and spatial modelling was performed. The study shows that along with high livestock densities, large percentage of surfaces are presenting nutrient overloads, particularly in South East Asia. It also clearly reveals the peri-urban phenomenon. Contribution of manure to nutrient supply was identified as being more critical in areas with low overloads than in areas with important overloads. Contact us: lead@ fao .org
  • 2. ESTIMATED PHOSPHATE CONTENT OF ALL LIVESTOCK EXCRETION Legend Source : LEAD FAO Year :2002 Map prepared by LEAD - FAO Kilograms of P 2 O 5 per hectare of total land <10 1000 km
  • 3. ESTIMATED NUTRIENT BALANCE FOR PHOSPHATE ON AGRICULTURAL LAND Legend Source : LEAD FAO Year :2002 Map prepared by LEAD - FAO Kilograms of P 2 O 5 per hectare of agricultural land 1000 km
  • 4. ESTIMATED HOTSPOTS FOR NUTRIENT OVERLOADS : Contribution of livestock Legend Source : LEAD FAO Year :2002 Map prepared by LEAD - FAO No overload Contribution of manure to P 2 O 5 supply on agricultural land Percentage 1000 km