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A new Australian made animal fodder production machine is set to “revolutionize” the way animal feed is produced in Ethiopia.
According to Solomon Ashagre, owner and Managing Director of S-NITCO Trading Company, the fodder machine which he introduced last September can transform any kind of grain to a grassy fodder. One kilo of grain can be changed to up to seven kilos of highly nutritious grass, needing little space, and with no chemical inputs.
“We’ve so far only introduced the imported machine” Solomon said, adding that the future plans of the company include a target to have an assembly machine, while using some locally sourced raw materials for the production process of the fodder machine itself.
S-NITCO says the animal fodder production machine has been introduced to various animal fattening firms, dairy farms, goat and sheep farms and breeding centers in and around Addis Ababa, in the Oromia and Afar regions.
The machine reportedly can work in mountainous, arid, and cold environments, and has a starting price of 650 thousand birr.
Solomon further said his company is familiar with the process of introducing new technologies, having previously worked on, and winning, international tender bids introduced and financed by international organizations like the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank and the European Union. .
The company says that it has also previously supplied state of the art scientific and laboratory equipment to the Ministry of Health (MoH), 26 newly built universities, and to the governmental agency the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO).
“We chose an Australian feed machine produced by an Australian firm and assembled in Turkey because of the rich agricultural history of the country” Solomon told Capital.
He also said that the new fodder machine can be a game changer in the problem of inadequate supply of animal feed for farmers and pastoralists alike. The machine minimizes the need for labor and transportation, and has a far lower production cost compared to other more traditional animal feeding systems Ethiopians are accustomed to.
S-NITCO has a demonstration compound in the northern suburbs of Addis Ababa, in a place commonly known as CMC, and expects its customer base to consist of cattle fattening and breeding centers, Non- Governmental Organizations which assist local small scale farmers, Urban farmers, those who keep chicken coops, and Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs) involved in diary production.