• KRC BIO-Refinery increases grass production

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.  

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Gardens

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

The KRC ED, Julius Mwanga in a discussion with selected Farmers who vounteered to try out the bio-refinery products onto their animals

The KRC ED, Julius Mwanga in a discussion with selected Farmers who vounteered to try out the bio-refinery products onto their animals

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The  bumper harvests of the raw materials for the brio-refinery

The bumper harvests of the raw materials for the brio-refinery

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

Press cake production at the Bio-refinery

Press cake production at the Bio-refinery

Sampled animals on feed trial. They have all been reported to have increased in weight and milk production

Sampled animals on feed trial. They have all been reported to have increased in weight and milk production

Sampled animals on feed trial. They have all been reported to have increased in weight and milk production

Sampled animals on feed trial. They have all been reported to have increased in weight and milk production

Lab   Dry Moisture %CP %P % Crude % CHO % K N CP ON
Code matter Content Fibre DRY MATTER
                     
PC mucuuna                         3.1 96.889 1.1 0.02 0.7 1.3 0.1 0.2 36.7
PC mixture   3.5 96.463 1.9 0.02 0.1 1.6 0.1 0.3 52.3
PCalfalfa   2.8 97.151 1.2 0.06 0.2 1.5 0.1 0.2 41.1
WH mucuuna   0.6 99.355 0.2 0.02 Negligible 0.4 0.1 0.0 35.7
WH mixture   0.7 99.294 0.2 0.02 Negligible 0.5 0.1 0.0 30.2
WH alfalfa   1.0 99.008 0.4 0.02 Negligible 0.6 0.1 0.0 37.0
PK mixture   92.0 8.044 16.0 0.26 36.8 31.9 0.6 2.6 17.4
PK mucuuna   91.0 9.034 14.2 0.16 38.5 32.0 0.1 2.3 15.6
PK alfalfa   91.8 8.195 15.1 0.12 37.4 32.3 0.9 2.4 16.5

PC-protein concentrate

WH-whey juice

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.

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