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Opuntias are multipurpose plants that are increasingly being used
in agricultural systems in arid and semi-arid areas and are considered
a key component for the productivity and sustainability of these regions.
This publication presents current scientific and practical information
on the use of the cactus Opuntia as forage for livestock in
various countries. Owing to its high water-use efficiency, it is particularly
useful as forage in times of drought and in areas where few other crops
can grow. It is estimated that worldwide 900 000 ha of Opuntia
are cultivated for forage production.