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Asked 11th Apr, 2012

Innovation on feeds and nutrition in the tropics for smallholder farmers

We are working on capacity building for scaling up of evidence-based best practices on feeds and nutrition in the tropics targeting smallholder farmers who practice crop-livestock mixed farming system. I wonder if someone has proven best practices on the theme which we can adapt.

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15th Apr, 2012
Diarra Seriba Siaka
University of the South Pacific
A lot of time has been devoted on research into nutritional practices that will minimize environmental pollution. many of these have focused on non-ruminant animals due to their increased role in P and N emissions. It is really time to look into ways of reducing methane emission as well by ruminants animals in view of their numeric importance in the tropics. Thanks Assen for the brilliant contribution

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12th Apr, 2012
Alejandro Zalapa Rios
Universidad para el Bienestar Benito Juárez García
I think the most viable alternatives should be based on sustainability, with greater emphasis on environmental, but more important is to be technologies that are available to less educated people, which is one of the common denominators small producers, or simple things that are highly profitable and environmentally sustainable, I have some items. I would like you visited my page. Greetings.
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12th Apr, 2012
Diarra Seriba Siaka
University of the South Pacific
There will be first of all the need to involve the target group in al the aspects from planing to take-off. This can only be achieved through educating them to undestand the benefits they can derive from such practices. Once the target group is aware of the benefits, it will be ready to do all it could to sustain the project through better management of the surrounding environment.
Best wishes
DIARRA.S.S.
13th Apr, 2012
Raghavendra Sagar
Mangalore Institute of Technology and Engineering, Moodabidri
Many developing tropical countries have large number of ruminant livestock fed on low quality feeds. This has been contributing to the release of methane to the atmosphere. Due to this reason in recent years efforts have been made in developing ruminant livestock production in an environmentally friendly and sustainable ways through different mechanisms. For instance, supplementation of live yeast has been proven to be important in reducing methane emission and increasing the efficiency of feed/nutrient utilization of ruminant livestock. In some parts of Ethiopia there are farmers (farmers engaged in small scale fattening) who are adding live yeast in the diets of ruminants. So, can’t we work on this and other similar areas? I thought that this would be important particularly for those smallholder farmers engaged in dairying and fattening.
Regards!
Assen Ebrahim
Lecture at Aksum University and PhD student in Animal Nutrition at HU, Ethiopia
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15th Apr, 2012
Diarra Seriba Siaka
University of the South Pacific
A lot of time has been devoted on research into nutritional practices that will minimize environmental pollution. many of these have focused on non-ruminant animals due to their increased role in P and N emissions. It is really time to look into ways of reducing methane emission as well by ruminants animals in view of their numeric importance in the tropics. Thanks Assen for the brilliant contribution

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