TOF warns farmers in Kenya about poor quality feeds
The latest issue of “The Organic Farmer” (TOF) has warned farmers that the poor maize harvest this year, due to prolonged droughts associated with climate change, also affects the production of feed for their animals.
Due to the maize shortage, feed manufacturers have resorted to their usual practice of adulterating feed to maintain their profits. This has reduced the quality of feed, causing farmers huge losses. Prices for feed have also risen
In order to reach the right weight, manufacturers have added sand and lime, but these pass through the animal gut undigested leaving it undernourished. Poor quality feeds mainly affect dairy, poultry and pig farmers.
Kenya does not have a regulatory authority for animal feeds, which leaves farmers exposed to these manipulations.
More details in TOF No. 148 September 2017