Development ,Evaluation and Promotion of Forage Sorghum for use in Livestock Industry Planning and Review MeetingAugust, 2012 By Dr. John Robert Olupot NaSARRI
Project staff Scientists • Johnnie Ebiyau, Dr. Olupot John Robert, Wandulu Joseph, Dr. J.P Takan Technicians: • Emanio John- NaSARRI, Grace Ajibo - NaLIRRI Support staff: • Okwi Boniface, Omaria Sam, Joseph Okalebo, Ochom Isaac. • Alungat Christine,Opuch Tom , Epiku max, Adoku Joseph
Introduction • Livestock is an integral part of the economy of Uganda and contributes about 17% of Agricultural GDP • . • Shortage of quality forage during dry season affects livestock productivity . • Sorghum is the best alternative for silage and fodder production for livestock in rural areas of Uganda. • Forage sorghum accessions are locally available in Uganda and ICRISAT – Kenya.
Importance of forage sorghum Sorghum stalks and leaves can be used for; • Animal feed – high meat and milk production, farm yard manure, biogas • Stover – mulching, beddings, thatching, construction etc. • Roughage - Nutrition • Fuel – firewood etc.
Specific Objectives • To assemble and characterize forage sorghum germplasm accessions for use in livestock feed. • To develop forage sorghum genotypes for livestock. • Evaluate and promote forage sorghum lines across diverse agro-ecologies • To develop an appropriate sorghum - legume intercropping system for sustainable production of forage sorghum • To multiply selected forage sorghum varieties for commercial use.
Capacity building of livestock farmers on forage production Farmers from Arapai and Gweri during a training on seed multiplication and livestock rearing Forage chopper
Dairy Day at Soroti State Min for Agri tours the stall Sorghum – Cowpea hay
Lessons Learnt • Sorghum makes an ideal alternative for animal feed during the dry season • Sorghum stalks are readily available after harvest during the dry season • Information on use of forage sorghum as supplementary animal feed among farmers is available but limited to few farmers
Collaborators / Partners • ASARECA, • ICRISAT, • INSTORMIL, • NAADS, • Local Governments, • KILIMO Trust, • Private sector, • NGOs, • PARIs, • Media • Farmers and farmer groups
Publications • ASARECA Bi-Annual Reports 2011-12 • ETOP Radio-Spot messages • ETOP News paper • Leaflets – ISM • Brochure – ISM • ICRISAT workshops • A Banner
ACKNOWDLEGEMENT • Government of Uganda (RB, DB, NTR etc) • NARO • NAADS • ASARECA • ICRISAT • Private Sector (Seed companies, Processors etc.) • NGOs (Vision Terudo, etc) • FAO – KALIP Project • Farmers and farmer groups