Feed and Fodder, Poverty Dynamics
Dryland cereals, Grain legumes
Farming Systems, Crops and Livestock Systems, Livelihood Systems
West and Central Africa, Burkina Faso, Niger
23 Oct 20
Fodder chopping machines lead to a thriving livestock feed enterprise in rural Niger
Feed and Fodder, Livestock farming, Niger, Fodder chopping machines, Feed markets, Feed value chain
West & Central Africa program
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI); the Institut de l’Environnement de Recherches Agricoles (INERA) in Burkina Faso, The Conseil National de Recherche Agronomique (CNRA) in Niger; Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel Enhanced Resilience (REGIS_AG); Mercy Corps Niger; and Association pour la Promotion de l’Élevage au Sahel et en Savane (APSS).
Mr Abdoulaye Saley Moussa
ICRISAT Happenings 1877-3, 23 October 2020
Feed for livestock is the most important factor in successful livestock farming. In Sahelian countries such as Niger, cereal crop stover (leaves and stalks) are major sources of feed for ruminant animals, especially during the dry season. Many livestock farmers feed their animals whole plant residues of their crops, leading to wastage and also adversely affecting the digestion of animals. Others manually cut the stover into small pieces – a laborious and time-consuming process. Fodder chopping machines are proving to be a great help to livestock farmers in rural Niger, by providing suitable feed to their animals while saving their time and effort. In five villages, groups of farmers are making the most of an initiative to provide these machines to the farmers.
23 Oct 20
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