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Monday, August 25, 2008

ILRI research report: Dairy farming in Uganda

Results of an in-depth characterization study of the Uganda dairy sector have been published in a 2007 ILRI research report titled Dairy farming in Uganda: Production efficiency and soil nutrients under different farming systems.

The study revealed that dairy farming in Uganda is profitable, regardless of the level of intensification, so a highly intensified system like zero-grazing is not always the best option.

Additionally, poor soil quality was found to be a problem in mixed crop-dairy farms under all dairy farming systems, despite availability of adequate amounts of on-farm manure. Shortage of labour may be one reason why manure is underused.

More research is needed into the economics and practicability of manure application and how to integrate it with other farm activities that compete for available labour.


Citation
Baltenweck I, Mubiru S, Nanyeenya W, Njoroge L, Halberg N, Romney D and Staal S. 2007. Dairy farming in Uganda: Production efficiency and soil nutrients under different farming systems. ILRI Research Report 1. ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute), Nairobi, Kenya. 26pp.

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