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Aquatic micro-crops technology to promote animal feed

The first aquatic micro-crops technology in Africa is to produce 1.5 tonnes of feeds every hour and is to create an essential component of a rich new, local, large scale source of protein for animal and human feeds and renewable fuel feedstock located in at Entebbe.

President Museveni, in his goal to modernise agriculture, went ahead on June 13, 2014 and launched the Aquatic Micro-crops cultivation for Animal feed Production Technologies through Lemna and Azolla growing and processing in Africa.

The President was also very willing to give the investor (Parabel) land on lease so as to expand and teach   other farmers on how the technology works.

During the launch, the State Minister for Animal Husbandry, Bright Rwamirama explained how Micro-crops are cultivated, one of them is the Lemna which is a genus of free-floating aquatic plants from the duckweed family. The second is the Azolla which is a genus of seven species of aquatic ferns in the family Salviniaceae. Both of them can be got in our water bodies in Uganda.

Rwamirama also explained that the feeds from Micro-crops have 80 % of what the cow needs in their feeds that is high quality protein used in animal feed for aquaculture, poultry, swine and other industries.

Source: New Vision Uganda

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