By Blessings Simwiinga
Ministry of fisheries and livestock has encouraged farmers to undertake pasture production in order to increase production and productivity.
Speaking in an interview with NAIS, senior Livestock Production Officer for Muchinga Province Mr. Henry Sichone said pasture development will enable farmers to improve the nutritional status of the animals as well as increase on the number of animals.
“Grass or pastures will be able to improve the nutrition status of the animals and this will in turn increase the carrying capacity for the animals,” he said.
He added that this will increase on income generation and will improve on the food security in the country.
He explained that improved grasses or legumes have high nutrition value compared to the natural grasses.
“This improved grasses and legumes act like a balanced diet to the animals, the grass is rich in carbohydrates while the legumes are rich in proteins, these nutrients are quiet low in the natural grass,” said Mr. Sichone.
He said when the animals are fed with these pastures there are less diseases affecting the animals and this will improve on the livestock production and productivity as they will be fertile.
He added that the grasses are resilient to the effect of drought and climate change and are also perennial which can reduce on soil erosion.