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Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 169–176 | Cite as

Emerging feed markets for ruminant production in urban and peri-urban areas of Northern Ghana

  • S. P. KonlanEmail author
  • A. A. Ayantunde
  • W. Addah
  • H. K. Dei
  • N. Karbo
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Abstract

Feed shortage in urban and peri-urban areas has triggered the emergence of feed markets in Northern Ghana. These markets were surveyed at three locations (Tamale, Bolgatanga, and Wa markets) to determine types and prices of feedstuffs sold across seasons; early dry (November–January), late dry (February–April), early wet (May–July), and main wet (August–October). Semi–structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Three samples of each feed type in the markets were bought from three different sellers per market in each season. The samples were oven dried to constant weight and price/kg DM of each feed determined. The total respondents were 169. Out of this number, 41% were feed sellers, 46% buyers, and 13% retailers. The feedstuffs found were crop residues (groundnut haulm and cowpea haulm), agro-industrial by-products (bran of maize, rice, and sorghum), fresh grasses (Rotteboellia cochinchinensis), and local browses (Ficus sp. and Pterocarpus erinaceous). Prices of feeds differed (P < 0.05) among markets and were higher in Bolgatanga than Tamale and Wa markets. Prices of cereal bran were not different (P > 0.05) in all seasons but that of crop residues were higher (P < 05) in early to late dry season than the wet season. Majority (90%) of respondents opined that the feed market will expand due to increasing number of livestock population in the peri-urban areas.

Keywords

Feed resources Prices of feed Feed types Season Urban livestock production 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This study acknowledges the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for funding this study under Africa RISING West Africa project as part of the US Government’s Feed the Future Initiative.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

The manuscript does not contain clinical studies or patient data.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. P. Konlan
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. A. Ayantunde
    • 2
  • W. Addah
    • 3
  • H. K. Dei
    • 3
  • N. Karbo
    • 4
  1. 1.Council for Scientific and Industrial Research—Animal Research InstituteTamaleGhana
  2. 2.International Livestock Research InstituteOuagadougouBurkina Faso
  3. 3.Department of Animal Science, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity for Development StudiesTamaleGhana
  4. 4.Council for Scientific and Industrial Research—Animal Research InstituteAccraGhana

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