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Type: Journal article
Title: Farmers’ knowledge on forage production in smallholder dairy systems of Uganda
Author: Buyinza, J.
Sekatuba, J.
Ongodia, G.
Eryau, K.
Nansereko, S.
Opolot, I.
Kwaga, P.
Akellem, R.
Mudondo, S.
Agaba, H.
Citation: International Journal of Livestock Production Research, 2015; 3(1):1-10
Publisher: Academic and Scientific Publishing
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 2329-8634
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Buyinza Joel, Sekatuba Jude, Ongodia Gerald, Eryau Kenneth, Nansereko Susan, Opolot Ibwala Vincent, Kwaga Phiona, Akellem Richard, Mudondo Scovia and Agaba Hillary
Abstract: The aim of the study was to assess dairy farmers’ knowledge on forage production and utilization in the Lake Victoria crescent and Eastern Highlands Agro Ecological Zones (AEZs) of Uganda. Semi-structured questionnaires were administered to a total of 208 small holder dairy farmers in Masaka (100) and Mbale (108) districts. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Scientists. While the main source of forage is on farm (67.2%), forage growing is not taken as a tradition among small holder dairy farmers. The most prominent forage species used for feeding livestock are Pennisetum purpureum, Calliandra calothyrsus, Musa paradisiacal (peelings and stems), and Leucaena leucocephala. Milk production increases during months of forage abundance (March to May and September to November) and the observed trends are generally comparable to the seasonal rainfall patterns in Uganda. Forage production among dairy farmers is significantly (P < 0.05) influenced by location, household size, land ownership, forage source and livestock feeding system. Apart from chopping before feeding the animals, minimal processing is done to forage. The study provides a basis for designing interventions for improving fodder production and utilization among Uganda’s smallholder dairy farmers.
Keywords: Forage; seasonality; milk production; farmers’ knowledge
Rights: Copyright ©, all rights reserved. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
RMID: 0030084055
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