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Farmers Trained On Silage Production

Livestock farmers and agriculture stakeholders were recently trained on silage production as a feed reserve. The silage production training, organised by the Ministry of Agriculture at its Koronivia Research Station
31 Jan 2018 10:25
Farmers Trained On Silage Production

Livestock farmers and agriculture stakeholders were recently trained on silage production as a feed reserve.

The silage production training, organised by the Ministry of Agriculture at its Koronivia Research Station was conducted particularly for key agriculture stakeholders and small holder farmers involved in livestock farming.

Speaking at the training, Director Animal Health and Production, Mr Tomasi Tunabuna said silage was forage conserved with other agricultural by-products that was preserved through anaerobic fermentation in airtight enclosures.

Mr Tunabuna said that the majority of livestock farms in Fiji were pasture based and the seasonality of growth of pastures affected continuity of available feed to livestock.

“Our farmers usually face difficulty in maintaining the pastures during the dry season and this silage can be used as a supplementary feed for livestock during these times,” he added.

“The process of making silage is called ensiling and during the process of fermentation, lactic acid is produced, reducing the pH of the ensiled forage and preventing decomposition.”

Training participants were also informed that silage was prepared to build up feed reserve for utilisation during periods of feed deficiency, allowing for routine feed supplements to increase productivity of animals and utilized excess growth of pasture or fodder for better management and utilization to store and enable extended use of potentially unstable material.

Farmers have been urged to prepare silage in their farms for their livestock as it is helpful during natural disasters and during times when farms run short of feed.     

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