Introduction to Plantains and their Environment

Plantains (Musa spp., AAB genome) are plants producing fruits that remain starchy at maturity (Marriot and Lancaster, 1983; Robinson, 1996) and need processing before consumption. Plantain production in Africa is estimated at more than 50% of worldwide production (FAO, 1990). The majority (82%) of plantains in Africa are produced in the area stretching from the lowlands of Guinea and Liberia to the central basin of the Democratic Republic of Congo. West and Central Africa contribute 61 and 21%, respectively (FAO, 1986). It is estimatedthat about 70 million people in West…

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How Often to wash your Feeding Troughs and Drinkers

Washing feeding troughs and drinkers is the first duty of every poultry farmer/attendant every morning. They must be washed every day before fresh feed and water is served. This should be done with detergents and rinsed thoroughly. There are diseases birds can get through water of which the list of the diseases will be endless if we choose to name them. Therefore, good water hygiene must be maintained to ensure the water given to the birds does not become the source of their diseases. Go for water testing to be…

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Best source of Water for Poultry Birds and Number of Drinkers Required

From whatever source you are getting your water, the basic fact is that the water must be cool, free of germs and without any chemical. Well water, Tap water and borehole water sources are not bad for your birds provided they are cool, free of germs and untreated. Avoid giving hard water to your birds and in order to know if your source of water is free of germs and without any dangerous chemical, the best way is by doing water testing which is also applicable to feed testing. Water…

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The Diseases Birds can get from Feeds

Broiler Finisher Mash Feed Formula

The Diseases that birds can get through feeds are uncountable. This is the main reason why you must ensure good quality of feeds before they are given to the birds. as earlier said, feed testing will go a long way in ascertaining the quality of the feed. And you can also know if some set of birds in your poultry house are being denied of feed through close observation of the birds when they are being fed. Note those that are not rushing for food also they are likely to…

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Number of feeding troughs you need for your birds and the ideal feeding troughs according to the age

It is essential that birds are given enough feeding troughs so that all of them can have access to the feeds and also to prevent rushing for feeds which will make the press on one other and eventually death. A feeding trough for 50 birds is highly recommended which means that you need to calculate that to the number of feeding troughs you will need for 500 birds and so on. Ideal feeding troughs are determined by the age of the birds. This is to prevent the birds from wasting…

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