The De-bushing Advisory Service, a sub-component of the Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project conducted a full day training on the potential of bush-based animal feed at Farm Langbeen Ranch in Dordabis on the 20th of September 2018.
The training served as a follow up to the research that was initially conducted from April 2016 to July 2017 by various partners including the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry/ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (MAWF/GIZ) Support to De-bushing Project (now Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project) and the UNDP Sustainable Management of Namibia’s Forested Land (NAFOLA). The results of the research demonstrate great potential for this value chain to contribute towards addressing bush encroachment when used in combination with other bush-based value chains.
The training comprised of two parts, the practical application of key principles of bush-based animal feed production; namely bush identification, harvesting techniques, processing bush material, mixing with supplements, pelletising for longer storage and practical feeding showcase, and the theoretical part to explain the principles of costing. “The idea is to enable farmers to cope with stressful farming situations, by utilising on farm-resources,” stated Dagmar Honsbein. A diverse group of more than 20 farmers from different regions and both from communal and commercial areas participated in the training
Similar trainings are on offer in the future through the De-bushing Advisory Service with the support of the MAWF/GIZ Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation Project. “We foresee trainings of this nature as an opportunity for farmers to invest into diversifying their income sources and sustainably contributing to tackling bush encroachment to ensure a more productive use of their land, especially in times of drought”, Progress Kashandula stated.
For more information on the work of the De-bushing Advisory Service, please visit their website at www.dasnamibia.org.