Biomass Will Reduce The Cost Of Animal Feed- UG Lecturer

Across the globe, there is a considerable interest in the conversion of crop residues (biomass) such as maize cobs, cassava peels and cocoa pod husks into biofuels or animal feed. This is because each type of biomass contains substantial amounts of energy in the form of carbohydrates that animals can benefit from.

However, vast quantities of biomass generated by the agricultural and agro-processing sectors in Ghana are discarded and left to decompose. While humans and animals compete for food crops such as maize for survival. This accounts for the prohibitive cost of animal feed on the Ghanaian market which remains a major challenge confronting the livestock sector in Ghana.

In her inaugural lecture on the topic: 'Ghana's Biomass Imperative: Surmounting the Biochemical Barriers,' Prof. Naa Ayikailey Adamafio said, it is envisaged that substituting food crops with biomass, which is not consumed by humans, would reduce the cost of animal feed.

Although biomass often contains anti-nutrients which adversely affect the health, digestion, growth or reproduction of animals, Prof. Adamafio noted that, there are affordable and effective treatment methods that can be used to eliminate anti-nutrients from each major crop residue.

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She described and explained various experimental strategies involved in identifying organisms with anti-nutrient degrading capabilities and evaluating their levels of efficiency.

She contended that maximum utilization of the country's biomass is a developmental imperative as it remains critical to the profitability of integrated agricultural systems and also has enormous implications for environmental management, rural job creation and poverty alleviation.

Her lecture is the first inaugural lecture for the 2016/2017 academic year and the first to be chaired by Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice Chancellor of the university.

Prof. Adamafio received gifts from the Computer Science department, her MPhil students, International programmes office, her department, Volta hall and family and friends.

See photos of Professor Naa Ayikailey inaugural lecture here.

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