SUCCESS STORY FOR FORAGE AND FODDER DEVELOPMENT

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The pastoralists and agro-pastoralist communities of Somali region face low production for their herds due to drought, climate change and its effect on natural resources.
To help these communities escape the cycle of poverty and keeping poor production of livestock. ACPA thru Camel milk value chain development project has facilitated partnership for bilateral agreement between ACPA and SorPARI of which the overall objective is to increase the camel productivity. In this regard, the smooth collaboration with technical support in terms of adopting new innovations of improved forage technology for camel husbandry and management. ACPA has established field demonstration for forage production and preservation at Gola-hajo site in Gursum woreda, which is aimed “to enhance the knowledge of the local communities particularly the Camel Milk Marketing cooperatives in appropriate cultivation such as plantation, weeding, harvesting and preservation techniques ( hay and silage)” .

After the MOU signed ACPA purchased crop seeds and planted with various improved forages such as Sudan grass, Panicum maximum, Rhodes grass, Buffel grass and Elephant grass for the demonstration field, in order to train the milk marketing cooperatives and how to lay out field of the forage by showing how to design between plants and between rows. Therefore, Forage conservation development systems can be effectively used in many pastoralist and agro-pastoralist situations. “Since an idea to create a particular forage production and preservation alternative should not be based simply on positive animal performance responses to such a practice. But has Economic advantages in the overall livestock production including milk yield and marketing system”.

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