Bush-based animal feed viable option for drought – Kashandula

The General Manager of the De-bushing Advisory Service (DAS), Progress Kashandula says bush-based animal feed production is a viable option for Namibian farmers, especially in this times of drought.

Kashandula said this in statement issued by DAS to the media on Monday.

Farmers can diversify their income and sustainably contribute to tackling bush encroachment. They can ensure a more productive use of their land. We see a big opportunity for our farming community and for land users in this value chain, said Kashandula,

The statement said as part of its capacity development efforts, DAS has launched a capacity development project focused on bush control, biomass utilisation and entrepreneurship targeted at officials working in the bush control and biomass utilisation sector and for unemployed, young graduates of natural resource management studies.

Accordig to the statement the initiative is about to be piloted with theoretical and practical training scheduled to take place in July and August in Okahandja at the Andreas Kukuri Conference Centre and a nearby farm.

'Afterwards, trainees will be mentored over a number of months so that they can gain hands- on experience in passing the knowledge on,' adds the statement.

The statement further said that despite the challenges, it is proven that when done right, animal feed can be a solution to the current drought situation.

According to a study conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, the GIZ Bush Control and Biomass Utilisation project and the UNDP Sustainable Management of Namibia's Forested Land project in 2017 shows that bush-based animal feed production is a viable and promising concept.

'Results from intensive trials demonstrates that bush feed can be used not only as an emergency drought feed, but also as a supplementary feed throughout the year and in feedlots,' said the statement.

The statement also said to support farmers DAS has been conducting a series of trainings across Namibia with a focus on bush encroached regions.

The next round of training will take place in the northern parts of the country, in Otjetjekua on the 8th July, Amarika on the 9th July and Okambali on the 11th July.

Source: Namibia Press Agency