Field day held
Andassa Livestock Research Center held a field day in collaboration with Guagusa Shikudad Woreda Gusha Kebele Farmers Training Center. The field day was organized to make farmers and other stake holders familiar with fattening of sheep using Tree lucerne as a protein source so as to minimize the cost of industrial byproducts such as noug cake. Vast area of terraces in the kebele has been planted with the browse but farmers have not been able to make use of the tree for many reasons; interalia lack of knowledge, suspicion and indecisiveness. However, farmers disclosed that the practical knowledge they gained from the field day is immense. They realized that indoor feeding of the browse is important in such a way that individual sheep drink and feed separately and thus there is no competition, contamination and transmission of diseases. Likewise, farmers appreciated the feeding value of Tree lucerne for it brought about a live weight gain of over 4 kg and reduction in the cost of noug cake. Thus, after a thorough discussion they all promised to be involved in fattening using the resource and to protect its destruction through burning or massive defoliation.
The field day was attended by over 50 farmers and 20 individuals representing Zone Agricultural Development Office, ARARI, Guagusa Shikudad Woreda Administration, Guagusa Shikudad Woreda Agricultural Development Office and Gusha Kebele Agricultural Development Office.