This past week, LIVES has received and tested the long-awaited multipurpose feed choppers, shredders and grain grinders (all in one). These machines, all petrol driven, mobile, hardy and good quality materials are produced in Brazil. They are light enough to transport to remote areas using donkeys or carts. The machines are not for donation but rather to strategically demonstrate their implications on feed use and utilization efficiency to initiate business, particularly for the unemployed youth, who can provide such services. These machines can chop wet and dry feed materials such as maize and sorghum stover, Napier grass, etc. and can grind grains to different sizes including for concentrate ration formulation using locally available materials. Each LIVES zone will get one unit .
These machines are not new to Ethiopia, some other projects have also introduced them and thus issues of operation skills are not expected to be a problem.
The LIVES regional teams, together with the agribusiness expert of LIVES, are working on strategies on how to make livestock feed chopping as a business. The machines are women friendly and LIVES intends to follow up on this.