KRC INTRODUCES BIO-REFINARY TO PRODUCE PLANT PROTEIN TO ENHANCE NUTRTIONAL VALUE OF ANIMAL AND POULTRY FEEDS. In a bid to boost the agriculture sector in the Rwenzori region, Kabarole Research and Resource Centre(KRC) has this time added a new innovation; bio-refinery with an aim of adding value to agriculture production in Rwenzori Region. The bio-refinery machines being off loaded from the truck by officials of a clearing and forwarding company Having realized –after several research studies that a great fraction of world-wide energy carriers, animal feeds; chemicals and material products come mostly from fossil fuel refinery, KRC has decided to venture into bio-refinery to process plant protein to boost the nutritional value of animal and poultry feeds Amid rapid price increase of agriculture inputs, hiking of prices for animal feeds coupled with drastic climatic changes and the increased environmental concerns, there has been a growing need for alternative solutions able to mitigate climate change, keep the farmers' incomes going and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels. The first ever Bio Refinery project in the Region will focus on producing affordable animal and chicken feeds while the residues will be a source of fertilizers for crops. The ED,KRC Mr. Julius Mwanga in an interview with a reporter at the sidelines of the bio-refinery installation in January 2016 The executive Director, KRC, MwangaJulius, says the new innovation has been accomplished in partnership with their long term partners of Hivos, Grassa and EUCN. It is aimed at enhancing the nutritional value of animal and poultry feeds so as to increase production in milk and sizes in poultry. Mwanga adds that through the integration of the old known green chemistry into bio-refineries, and the use of the introduced low environmental impact technologies, future sustainable production chains of bio-products and high value chemicals from biomass can be established in the Region to help farmers cope up with the ever increasing environmental and economic pressures. This technology also fits-in well with the new KRC ideology of promoting a health and wealth population as well as the national development agenda, Vision 2040 According to Mwanga, the farmers in the Region have for long been focusing on increasing production but have failed on mechanisms that can effectively and efficiently boost this production. However, this new and timely innovation will now increase production through provision of better products in terms of feeds and chemicals. Cas Besselink, from EUCN Netherlands Amsterdam-one of partners in the project, the bio-refinery will go a long way to support farmers with affordable nutrients and he is hopeful that within a short period of time the whole country will have embraced the technology. Cas indicates that with the bio refinery, almost all the types of biomass feed stocks can be converted to different classes of bio-fuels and biochemical through jointly applied conversion technologies One of the developers of the technologhy, Bram Koopmans from Grassa-Oenkerk company, says the machine will help extract proteins from grass which will aid farmers with more quality feeds for their animals and poultry. He adds that the bio-refinery machine is the first of its kind in the whole of Africa KRC has already accomplished the planting of the grass, which include Alfalfa among others. The project is also in partnership with various farmers whom KRC supports to plant and nurture the grass and after production they are to be given free bio-protein for enhancing their animal and poultry nutritional supplements .