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Ministry holds silage training

Filipe Naigulevu
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

FARMERS around the country have been urged to prepare silage in their farms for their livestock to assist during natural disasters and shortages of feed.

In order to do this, livestock farmers and agriculture stakeholders were recently part of a training on silage production as a feed reserve organised by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Held at its Koronivia Research Station, a Government statement said the silage production training was conducted particularly for key agriculture stakeholders and small holder farmers involved in livestock farming.

According to director animal health and production, Tomasi Tunabuna said silage was forage conserved with other agricultural by-products that were preserved through anaerobic fermentation in airtight enclosures.

Mr Tunabuna said majority of livestock farms in Fiji were pasture based and the seasonality of growth of pastures affects continuity of available feed to livestock.

"Our farmers usually face difficulty in maintaining the pastures during the dry season and this silage can be used as a supplementary feed for livestock during these times," Mr Tunabuna said.

"The process of making silage is called ensiling and during the process of fermentation, lactic acid is produced, reducing the pH of the ensiled forage and preventing decomposition."

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