Short Review of Global Methane Situation and of Facilities to Reduce in Ruminants in Third Wol1d Countries

  • Islam, M.R. (Department of Agriculture, University of Reading) ;
  • Begum, J. (Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development)
  • Received : 1995.10.21
  • Accepted : 1996.10.15
  • Published : 1997.04.01


This paper analyses a number of important areas relating to methane production in ruminants, consequent hazards and different methods of reducing this gas. Clearly methane not only affects on the environment but also on the economy of animal production. Several factors including feed, species, microbes, rumen environment, etc. are responsible for methane production in animals. Although methane production can be reduced by chemical manipulation, defaunation and strategic feeding, the latter was found to be effective because the method is easier to follow than the others. Furthermore, feeding technology could play an important role in reducing methane production particularly in developing countries because of its relative cost effectiveness. however, it needs to compare to what extent it could reduce methane production as well as cost of animal production. Therefore, research program needs to be concentrated on the appropriate feeding system to reduce methane production, consequently pollution and cost of production particularly in developing countries.