Resources on fodder

| January 20, 2023

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Access Agriculture has posted a number of videos on various aspects of fodder production on its website, including the following three: 

Sileage from maize: 

Without any air, finely chopped green maize ferments without rotting. This is because micro-organisms digest the sugars in the fodder and produce lactic acid, which acts as a natural preservative. The key to making silage is to create the right conditions for good fermentation. 

This resource is available in Arabic, Ateso, Chichewa/Nyanja, Chitonga/Tonga, English, French, Luganda, Tumbuka, and Yao. 

Spineless cactus for fodder: 

Cactus pads are rich in minerals like calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium, and have moderate levels of protein and fibre. You can start harvesting cactus pads one year after planting and harvest pads every four months as needed. Cactus gives fodder for more than 20 years.

This resource is available in Arabic, English, French, Luganda, and Oromo.

Growing azolla for feed:

Azolla is an aquatic fern that fixes nitrogen from the air and stores it in its leaves. Azolla is richer in protein, vitamins, and minerals than grains and most green fodder. Because of this and because azolla grows fast and easily in a small area, it makes an ideal addition to feed.

This video is available in Arabic, Ateso, Chichewa/Nyanja, English, French, Kikuyu, Kiswahili, Twi, and Wolof.