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: R7010: The production of silage from mixed
drought resistant real and legume crops for milk production from
cross-bred cows in the semi-arid region of Southern Africa.
In Zimbabwe, work has identified ways in which smallholder dairy farmers
can grow enough feed on farm to ensure that their cows produce as much
milk as possible. Intercropping forage sorghum or pennisetums with
lablab or cow pea produced up to 8 tons of dry matter per hectare over a
three year period—despite at least one severe drought. Intercropping
with legumes means that the fodder produced contains good levels of
protein. Plus, the feed produced can easily be chopped and stored in
plastic bags, providing silage that will help poor producers to get
through the dry season.
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.
LPP03, 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 66.