Nigeria -- A new feed mill was launched in Plateau State last week by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development under its Fadama III Project. The feed mill was built for the Fadama User Group (FUG) known as "Another Life Women in Agriculture (ALWA)".
The Fadama III Project was setup in order to increase the incomes of users of rural land and water resources on a sustainable basis.
The feed mill plant project was bult at a cost of N423,500, and had a production capacity of 20 tonnes of feed per day.
Sudan’s biggest sugar producer plans to export up to 50,000 tonnes of animal feedstock annually to Arab Gulf countries.
Kenana is one of the few Sudanese companies outside the gold industry attracting large amounts of foreign currency, a lifeline for the African country struggling with the loss of most oil output since South Sudan’s independence in 2011.
Mainly owned by the governments of Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, it plans to more than double its annual sugar output to 1 million tonnes by 2015 and expand by-products such as biofuel or animal feed.
THE Kenya Agricultural Research Institute has developed a machine to make livestock feeds from crop stokes.
Ludovkus Okitoi, who is in charge of livestock research at Kari Kakamega centre who developed the machine said the manually operated equipment will reduce the cost of dairy feed.
The machine compresses ground powder from crop stokes mixed with other ingredients into blocks that can easily be stored by farmers for use when pasture is scarce.
"A farmer needs three to four blocks each costing between Sh10 and Sh15 depending on the size to feed one animal a day," Okitoi said yesterday in Kakamega.
The simple, cheap, but effective idea of harvesting maggots and turning them into livestock feed has garnered a Cape Town agricultural company the Innovation Prize for Africa worth US$100 000.
AgriProtein Technologies beat ten other finalists from across the country to scoop the prize by developing a way to create livestock feed out of the bio-waste thrown out by abattoirs.
After allowing flies to lay eggs in the bio-waste, the resultant larvae, or maggots, are harvested and dried before being mixed with carbohydrates and starch to create food for chickens, crayfish, abalone and pigs, said AgriProtein Technologies cofounder Jason Drew on Wednesday.
In the five years to 2015, we anticipate strong production growth for most agricultural sectors.