Exploring more options needed to protect animals from food shortage

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The Ethiopian Agricultural Research Institute (EARI) underlined the need to consider different options in order to provide fodder for animals to save them from the lashes of the current drought.
According to Animal Research Directorate Director of EARI, Dr. Getnet Assefa, there are a number of ways one needs to consider to save the lives of animals from frequent drought.
The director noted producing animal fodder for future use as one way of mitigating the possible impact of recurrent drought while putting in place a mechanism that helps bank fodder could be another.
In addition to that, the director also emphasized growing drought resistant species of animal feed like Sudan Grass, Elephant Grass, Cow Pea, and alfalfa as possible options to resist the effects of recurring   drought.
Besides, mixing the produced fodder with by-products of sugar and sugar cane is a vital means to rehabilitate drought-stricken animal resource. Such practice needs to be expanded in every part of the country, he said.
Dr. Getnet also advised farmers and pastoralists in the drought affected areas of the country to either relocate their livestock wealth to an area with better pasture or destock their livestock resource. If need be, they can consume a portion of their animal wealth to minimize the possible impact of the ongoing drought, he noted.
He said that apart from putting early warning system in place, farmers and pastoralists need to be oriented on how to prepare long lasting animal fodder.
(Walta Information Center)