Demonstration of use of a Simple portable miller/chopper that has been designed to mechanize feed value addition at small scale holders

Dr. Koech Oscar, Mr. Peter Kamande and Mr. Peter Mwangi from  Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) and African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) at the University of Nairobi, outreached  Marsabit County pastoral community on pasture value addition and utilization. The four days training conducted between 27th September and 1st October 2017  reached out 3 farm groups in Kare, Badassa and Jaldesa areas of Marsabit. The training was supported by ‘Feed the Future Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program for smallholder Farmers and Pastoralists with Technologies and Innovations in Kenya’. The training provided the pastoral communities with technical knowledge on the importance of pasture value addition for increased utilization, ease of storage,  marketing and best feeding technologies for increased animal productivity. This training was delivered in a more participatory way with the inclusion of locally available feed resources and crop residues for value addition.



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MARSABIT, KENYA
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Ongoing construction of  Zero Grazing Unit at  Field Station Livestock section. The Unit will hold a total of 13 dairy animals.  It will enhance on student research, smallholder farmer trainings,Qualities of a modern zero grazing unit.



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White sorghum ready for harvest.  The sorghum will be used for preparation of hydroponic fodder .



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Young suckers  of Ruiru 11 coffee variety after the field was clean stumped to improve on production



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