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Hydroponic Technology for Fodder Production:

Authors:

1. Alexander K. Kahi, Egerton University, Email: a.kahi@incip.org, Tel: 051 2217684/5

2. Sophie Miyumo, Egerton University, Email: miyumo@incip.org, Tel: 0512217684/5

3. Fridah Marete, Agrotunnel International Ltd, Email:fridah@agrotunnel.com, Tel: 0723675878/020 2012626

4. Monica Olala, The Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP), Email: molala@asdsp.co.ke, Tel: 0727258496

5. Susan Moywaywa, Agriculture Project Coordination Unit (APCU), Email: moywaywass@gmail.com Tel: 0726 066025

6. Adul Ochieng Aggrey- The Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP), Email: adul@asdsp.co.ke, Tel: 0722303602

FOREWORD

The Agriculture Sector Development Support Program (ASDSP) is a sector wide program implemented in line with the Kenya’s strategy Vision 2030 and the agricultural sector development strategy (ASDS 2010-2020). Under ASDS sector ministries are expected to ensure that farmers, producers, processors and marketers of agricultural produce employ the most contemporary methods and technologies in agriculture. The two policy documents thus require that all agricultural enterprises are highly productive, commercial in nature and competitive at all levels.

Livestock plays an important economic and socio-cultural role among many Kenyan communities for their food and income generation. The key livestock sub-sectors are beef, dairy, sheep, goats, camel, poultry, piggery and emerging livestock. Disease and nutrition are major constraints to increased livestock productivity. It was in line with this challenge that stakeholders in the livestock sub sector have developed various strategies and technologies to mitigate these challenges. Among the technologies developed to address nutrition issues is hydroponic fodder production technology.

Information is power for effective decision making; this booklet therefore empowers extension agents, farmers and stakeholders in the sector with the dos and don’ts of hydroponic fodder production. The booklet explains what is hydroponic fodder production, requirements to be met, how to produce fodder using hydroponic technology as well as an illustration on the various levels and types of structures that can be modified for production. The technology is ideal in that fodder can be produced within seven days and the fact that a well fed animal is able to withstand invasion by diseases thus enhancing production.

I take this opportunity to thank the team that prepared this booklet.

Phoebe Odhiambo (Mrs.)

National Programme Co-ordinator,
Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP)
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