Fish based silage – an opportunity for livestock farmers

Fish based silage making is a promising option which can be used as a substitute for imported feed/supplements (Photo courtesy: Ambergris Today)

In Barbados, CARDI and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) are collaborating on a project to increase the utilization of fish based silage as a feed source for livestock.

 

It is estimated that over 5,000 kg of fish byproducts (skins, heads and guts) are produced daily in Barbados, the majority of which make its way to the landfill.

 

Silage making is a promising option which can be used as a substitute for imported feed/supplements. It is an efficient and affordable way of converting fish waste into a safe, nutrient source for livestock and other agriculture applications.

 

CARDI is working with stakeholders to develop suitable formulations and evaluate them on the growth performance of selected livestock species. Locally available materials such as molasses and Sargassum seaweed are also being used in the formulations.

 

With most of corn and soybean imported into the Region being used to produce animal feed – silage making will reduce the import bill while opening up entrepreneurial opportunities for young people. 

 

A preliminary workshop held in Barbados last year, through a partnership between the Government of Argentina, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, the Blue Green Initiative, FAO and CARDI, demonstrated an economically viable small scale initiative.

 

CARDI and FAO are now working on perfecting the formulations. After completing the evaluations plans will be made to scale up the operations and share knowledge and experiences with other Caribbean islands.

 

 

 

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