I read an interesting interview with Bert van Nieuwenhuizen, chief technical advisor on shaping biogas markets in Africa. This interview comes in two episodes; part one focuses on the fine art of building viable biogas markets, part two will explore the value of biogas in relation to climate change and food security.
Quote: "We expanded our activities to Africa in 2009, when we started the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. To date, we have supported the installation of more than 60,000 digesters in five African countries. Uptake was not as fast as in Asia, due to the lower level of income and the prevalence of zero grazing (when cows roam around freely it is hard to collect the dung). However, current dynamics are promising. The Kenyan market is vibrant, sales this year has already doubled compared to last year, partially because companies have now introduced prefab digesters onto the market. Also, biodigesters are becoming more... Read more
There have been reports of Anthrax outbreak in the country affecting animals in western Uganda as well as the West Nile regions. The outbreak has caused panic among farmers and the communities in the affected regions.
What is anthrax?
Anthrax is a disease caused by a spore-forming bacterium called bacillus anthracis. The disease has existed for hundreds of years and still occurs naturally in both animals and humans all over the world in all continents except Antarctica. Due to the recent outbreak in the country, scientists majoring in animal husbandry are doing their best to curb the situation.
What causes outbreaks of anthrax?
Outbreaks are usually caused in response to unusual weather patterns, which can cause spores that were dormant in the soil to come to the surface where they are swallowed by ruminants.
The spores of the disease can stay in the environment for about 48 years. Usually, the bacteria are exposed when there is continuous rain and f... Read more
The availability of sufficient and adequate feed is one of the most significant constraints to livestock productivity in the tropics. It is an enormous challenge that requires innovation and concerted action towards agreed priority outcomes.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is committed to delivering evidence and developing capacities in feed and forage development as part of its strategy to achieve better lives through livestock.
To ensure the best response to the fast-changing demands and opportunities in this sector, ILRI is developing a strategy on feed and forage research for development.
As a first step, it seeks inputs from the wider community - not necessarily animal feeding experts - to take stock of the challenges in this area, identify priority outcomes and promising approaches to achieve them, and specify the precise contributions and added value of ILRI in this area.
Please read the shor... Read more
SEAD activities for April 2018 have been closed by the “look and learn” tour with participants from the livestock team. During the tour, the participants got insights on “Farming as an Enterprise concept” and learned various ways they can facilitate innovations within their respective institutions for agriculture development. The team visited different sites known for their remarkable innovations in agriculture namely: Rwanda Best, Lakeview, Musanze polytechnic and Burera Dairy.
At Rwanda Best the livestock team learned best practices for poultry production and poultry value chain management such as incubation, hatchery, feed production, feeding and feed management.
Fish farm and Lakeview is a private owned fish-farm located in Bugesera district in Gashora sector. The entrepreneur produces fingerling through fish egg incubation, fish hatchery and fish production exclusively on commercial basis. The participants learned from the entrepreneur not only how... Read more
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa .
Consultancy Fee: Monthly rate
Consultancy Fee: Monthly rate
Post location: Burundi
Duration: This is a consultant position, initial appointment is for six months with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued project needs.
Expected places of travel: Loc... Read more
Jakarta will once again host the 13th Indonesia's No.1 Livestock, Feed, Dairy, and Fisheries Industry Show in Indonesia - INDO LIVESTOCK 2018 Expo & Forum incorporating with Indo Feed 2018, Indo Dairy 2018 and Indo Fisheries 2018 at Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta - Indonesia.
Hosted by the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, INDO LIVESTOCK Expo & Forum is today a 'must attend' event for decision makers and buyers across Asia. More than 12,000 trade visitors and delegates are expected to attend the Expo, Seminar and Technical Presentation in 2018. More importantly, over 370 exhibitors from 42 countries are expected to once again participate in Indo Livestock Expo & Forum.
INDO LIVESTOCK 2018 is proven to be the preferred venue for buyers to source for new technology and equipment and where industry professionals get update on the latest technological advances and industry trends. Europe, America & Austral... Read more
World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’, is a dynamic web and mobile-based application intended to help local farmers and extension agents with information on crop and livestock production and management practices, stood out as one of the most innovative products for community’ development today.
World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’ initiative was born under the Inzozi Nziza (Great Dream) Project after identifying a gap in agricultural extension services in Rwanda; an effort aimed at modernizing access to information that would positively influence investment decisions for smallholder farmers and, in the long term, provide better livelihoods for them and their families.
E-Hinga App provides highly-synthesized information designed for easy access and adequate interaction by farmers and other users. Around 100 farmer promoters are now equipped with the E-Hinga app on their mobile devices; meaning that 100 villages with almost 20,000 farmers can current... Read more
Pig farming is widely practised in all regions of Uganda with high concentrations around the central region. Unlike other key agricultural enterprises, over the last 3 decades, pig farming has experienced fundamental improvement in the number of both pigs reared and households that rear at least 1 pig.
Uganda, twice the size of Pennsylvania, is in East Africa. The country, which lies across the equator, is divided into 3 main areas:
In terms of swine production, the country is one of the larger players on the African continent. Especially in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the total pig population made a sudden jump from 250,000 to over 1 million in just
Tume ya Taifa ya Kilimo nchini Tanzania (ACT) ikishirikiana na Bodi ya Maziwa ya Tanzania na TANTRADE inaandaa maonesho ya kwanza ya mifugo niching Tanzania kuanzia tarehe 30 Mei hadi Juni Mosi. Maonesho haya yatafanyika kwenye viwanja vya maonesho Themi maarufu kama viwanja vay nanenane, Arusha Tanzania.
Maonesho haya yanalenga kutambua mchanga wa sekta ya mifugo kwenye ucumi wa Tanzania na maendeleo ya kijamii. Ni fursa ya kipekee kubaini mikakati sahihi itakayowezesha Tanzania ya viwanda.
Sajili HAPA kushiriki kwenye maonesho haya.
Taarifa zaidi zinapatikana HAPA.
The Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT) in collaboration with Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) under the support of key Ministries of: Agriculture; Livestock and Fisheries; Industries Trade and Investments through TANTRADE is planning to stage the first National Livestock Expo in Tanzania, which will be held from 30th May to 1st June 2018, at Themi Exhib... Read more
Trouw Nutrition Myanmar Co was incorporated at Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in July 2017. The manufacturing plant, located in Zone A, is expected to start operation in two weeks. The Thilawa facility is part of Trouw Nutrition’s €5 million (US$6.16 million) investment in Myanmar. The plant, employing 15 people, manufactures animal nutrition products, including premix, base... Read more
Aeres Trainingcentre has this masterclass in June 2018. This Masterclass is intended for (Financial) Managers and trainers / advisors of medium-sized companies active in the livestock sector in emerging economies. These could be livestock production companies, food processors, feed companies and others active in the livestock input supply and services sector.
Innovations and development of companies in the livestock sector are slowed down due to the fact that the financial and economic aspects of the technical and operational improvements are not adequately addressed. Investments in new facilities and production improvements require a thorough assessment of the financial viability and economic feasibility before these can be approved and implemented.
Attracting loans and/or equity for businesses in the livestock sector requires a detailed understanding of the markets, economic, financial and operational aspects of the proposed investments. Investors req... Read more
AgriProFocus Tanzania in partnership with SNV- the Netherlands Development Organisation and PUM – Netherlands Senior Experts are organizing a dairy learning lab in Machame Ward in Hai District.
About the Learning Lab
A dairy learning lab is a network approach that boosts the exchange and learning among dairy
professionals. A learning lab is a two day session on specific topics. Typically, one learning
lab day has the following elements concerning one topic.
a) Morning guided farm visit
b) Q&A session on observations with expert
c) Afternoon class with theoretical backgrounds, exchange of experience.
These learning lab will take place in 3 dairy cooperatives in Machame Ward of Hai District. The dairy cooperatives involved are;Nronga, Kalali and Marukeni dairy cooperatives.
In each lab, a maximum of 30 farmers and cooperative staff will participate.
The major topics for the learning labs are:
● Pasture Management (Feeds and Fodder)
● Animal reproductive health
● General animal health
Th... Read more
The aim of the LEGS Training course is to build capacity to support the saving of lives and livelihoods
among livestock owning communities affected by disasters.
At the end of the training participants will be able to:
▪ Describe and apply the LEGS four-stage approach to response;
▪ Identify appropriate livelihood-based livestock interventions in emergency response;
▪ Design and implement response interventions according to LEGS standards and guidelines.
(deadline January 1)
Based on the successful deliverance of the MSD Animal Health/WVA Veterinary Student Scholarship Program 2016, MSD Animal Health and WVA agreed to continue the good collaborations and to launch the Veterinary Student Scholarship Program 2017 to include 41 scholarships of US 5000$ (of a total of $205,000) to be delivered to selected students from countries in the regions of Latin America (16 grants), Africa (10 grants), North Africa/Middle East (10 grants) and Asia/Oceania (5 grants) by mid-2018.
Read more here: http://www.worldvet.org/news.php?item=347
For the last five years,Uganda has been hit by foot and mouth disease. Currently the disease is now in 12 districts including mine.This has affected the areas interms of socio economic status. The government has not provided adequate vaccine and also facilitated the veterinary personel to fight in the control of the disease. A number of cattle has died and livestock farmers can not sell the milk.
In the November 2017 newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers based in the Netherlands are invited to register for the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” and (all readers) to vote for one of the three finalists of the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, readers are asked to complete the evaluation survey of the Knowledge Portal, and the newsletter informs about workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), on the following topics:
- Climate Smart Agriculture - eight new GCP-4 projects granted
- NLandscape - a network on Landscape Approaches
- Mozambique Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security
- SES4Food: social entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector
- WBG-NL FFA talks: addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock sector
- Global Database on city and regional food policies
- Dutch Development Results in p... Read more
This article appeared in the Tanzania Daily News, Oct 22.
The State has auctioned 1,115 head of cattle seized for entering the country in contravention to the laws of the land. The event, conducted by Meripalento Brokers at Mgagao, saw cattle said to have originated from Laitoktok, Kajiado County, in Kenya being auctioned. The sale took place after the government sought an order to that effect from the court. A crackdown against cattle that enter the country illegally was ordered by the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Mr Luhaga Mpina, recently.
Meru Farmer's Fair - Tanzania
The Meru farmers fair took place in 2016 and had 9000 visitors, and this year is expecting to have more than 4000 visitors a day which for three days will make it 12000 total.
Meru Farmer's Fair is organised by a group of farmers organisation in agricultural sector in Tanzania. The fair will bring an opportunity for peoples in this sector to meet, advertise, debate, learn and make business. Also the focus of the fair in commodities produced in Meru which are horticulture (vegetables and coffee), cereals and oil seeds, poultry and dairy (cows and goats).
The fair starts from 26 to 28 of October at USA River, Arusha from morning to evening.
For more information on how to participate and deadline for application see the attached document . Email: email@example.com