Improvement of fodder autonomy of livestock in the north-sudanian zone of Burkina Faso
Hadja Sanon1, Michel Kabore1, Arsène Gambo2
1Inst. of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA), Dept. of Animal Productions, Burkina Faso
One of the major challenges of the livestock sector in Burkina Faso is to meet the feed needs of livestock to improve their productivity. This situation becomes even more critical when it is correlated with frequent security crises in certain areas, limiting transhumance and leading herders to settle down. This study aimed to contribute to the improvement of fodder availability in quantity and quality in the commune of Korsimoro (centre-north Region), with a view to ensuring feed autonomy for livestock. It consisted first at making an inventory of the feed resources available for livestock from 135 farmers by means of a formal survey; and second to test on farm dual purpose varieties of sorghum (Sariasso 14) and cowpea (KVX 745-11P), the main crop in the area, with 30 target farmers.
Keywords: Cowpea “KVX 745-11P”, Dual purpose fodder crop, feed resources, fodder conservation, sorghum “Sariasso 14”
Contact Address: Hadja Sanon, Inst. of Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA), Dept. of Animal Productions, BP 8645, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, e-mail: hadja_osanonyahoo.fr