Pacific Agriculture Policy Project livestock feed trial
Monday, 02 November 2015 10:39

The Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP) has launched a livestock feed trial on a farm in Nawai, Nadi, Fiji as part of its program to carry out research into the community level production of livestock feeds using locally available inputs such as root crops, vegetables, fruits, coconut meal, fishmeal, meat & bone meal, plant husks and stalks, etc. Improvements to increasing livestock productivity are significantly restrained by the cost of compounded imported livestock feeds or imported feed ingredients. Feed currently makes up 60%-70% of production costs. Smallholder livestock production could be a significant alternative source of household livelihoods as well as enhance food and nutritional security, if this constraint can be addressed through practical field and laboratory research.

The livestock feed trial in Nadi, Fiji was launched at the end of September 2015 with the rearing of a batch of meat chickens on different feed rations. The performance for each feed ration will be determined by the total weight gained by the meat chickens in the trial as well as the cost of the different feed rations. The livestock feed trial is expected to be completed in November 2015, where all the data recorded will be compiled and analysed. The findings will be disseminated via a research paper and compared to similar livestock feed trials that are currently being implemented by other collaborating institutions, including other feed trials that are expected to be implemented by PAPP in other PICTs.

The Pacific Agriculture Policy Project is a €8.6 million technical assistance programme funded by the European Union (EU) through the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) allocation for Intra-ACP (Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific) co-operation, and implemented by the Land Resources Division (LRD) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) from 2013-2017.

Image caption: The farmer and her family feeding the chickens in the trial replications

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