Mesquite pod utilization for livestock feed: An economic development alternative in central Mexico
AuthorSilbert, Michele Sue, 1960-
KeywordsMesquite -- Economic aspects -- Mexico -- Matehuala Region.
Union de Ejidos Productores de la Vaina del Mezquite 'Emiliano Zapata'.
AdvisorKing, David A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIn central Mexico's semi-arid highlands, mesquite (Prosopis spp.) pods are utilized for food and livestock feed. In 1975, a union of 53 rural communities opened a storage and processing facility for mesquite pods. A study of the operation and the regional collection, sales, and use of mesquite was conducted to evaluate the industry's potential. Twenty-six communities were visited, and formal interviews were held with 35 subsistence farmers, 12 mesquite feed dealers, eight large-scale ranchers, and members of the mesquite union. The effect of climatic factors on mesquite pod harvests was analyzed. The study examined opportunity costs for land and labor and the costs and returns of improvements to the operation. The mesquite facility has increased income production for rural farmers and provided a local source of nutritious livestock feed. Potential improvements to the industry include pest control, production of mixed feeds, improved management, and marketing. Similar operations could succeed in areas with dense mesquite woodlands, a history of pod collection and use, and a need for seasonal income production.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Renewable Natural Resources