This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R6619: Husbandry strategies for improving the
sustainable utilisation of forages to increase profitable milk
production from cows and goats on smallholder farms in Tanzania.
Working with farmers in Tanzania, researchers have developed a simple
way of making bales by hand. Since transporting feed is a major cost for
poor producers, the technique could have a major impact on their
livelihoods—reducing transport costs by up to 60% in some cases. Using a
bottomless box as a frame, and trampling the contents to compact it,
farmers can quickly create bales from a wide range of crop residues,
including maize and hay stover and bean stems. Not only can a lot more
be packed onto a single pickup truck—reducing costs—it's also much
easier for livestock owners to store feed when it's packaged in bales.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (15 pp.) taken from the CD.
LPP05, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 67.