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Is there a future in crop residues as a source of biomass to feed livestock? 

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17856

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Diversification, Market Access and Value Chains, Youth

Crops

Dryland cereals, Grain legumes

Systems

Farming Systems, Crops and Livestock Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Eastern and Southern Africa, Malawi

Global Date

11/Sep/2019

Title

Is there a future in crop residues as a source of biomass to feed livestock?

Keywords

Improved livelihoods, Crop-livestock systems, Southern Malawi, Livelihoods, Rural youth, Rural farmers, Small scale entrepreneurs, CLIM2, FIDP Phase II, SSLLP, ILRI, Chiradzulu District

Language

English

New

West & Central Africa program, Eastern & Southern Africa Program, Theme: Integrated crop management, Theme: Integrated crop management

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415 kB

Story Partners

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

https://clim.icrisat.org/is-there-a-future-in-crop-residues-as-a-source-of-biomass-to-feed-livestock/

Story Published Date

11/Sep/2019

Story Lead Center

ICRISAT

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://clim.icrisat.org/is-there-a-future-in-crop-residues-as-a-source-of-biomass-to-feed-livestock/

Description

In the context of small land holdings in Malawi, would the use of crop by-products and residues hold the key to sustainable livestock production? With erratic rains resulting in production of only the vegetative part of the crop, would its use as feed be of use in times of adversity? While most farmers in Naweta village, Balaka district, Malawi, agreed that grain biomass was important for livestock feed, several suggested growing crops specifically for the livestock to increase the livestock feed base.

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