By Twinomuhwezi Enoch
The KRC Bio-refinery project has continued to record success as more grass is now produced. The project currently has three well-maintained gardens, with portions of alfalfa, mucuuna beans and sorghum totaling to 24 acres.
The 3 Gardens currently providing grass for the KRC Bio-refinery proejct.
Harvesting and processing; 3 tons of pastures so far harvested and processed into bio refinery products some of which were harvested during testing the machine and continuous processing up to date. 1.6 tons of press cakes, 0.4 tons of protein concentrate and 0.6 tons of whey juice produced and given out to selected farmers
Feeding trials; 20 selected dairy animals and 10 pigs are being fed closely and monitored to ascertain the impact of bio refinery products on growth, production and general health of the animals compared to other feed sources especially protein sources.
Feed analysis; This was done at Makerere university laboratory with an intention of knowing the mass balance of our bio refinery products. The table below shows a summary of feed analysis results
|Lab||Dry||Moisture||%CP||%P||% Crude||% CHO||% K||N||CP ON|
PK- press cake
The KRC Bio-refinery project is an initiative of KRC in partnership with International Partners, Hivos, Grassa and IUCN. It is aimed at enhancing the nutritional value of animal and poultry feeds so as to increase production in milk and sizes in poultry.