A new type of feed for broiler chicken that ensures rapid growth and prompt weight gain is on the market. It brings hope to many poultry farmers who are increasingly frustrated by brought about by use of mash feeds.
The pelleted feeds , a product of Biyizinka Poultry International, was launched last week by Bright Rwamirama, the state minister for animal husbandry, at their factory in Mpoma village, Mukono District.
He revealed that government plans to make a law that would punish manufacturers of fake feeds. “This factory is going to lead to professionalism in feed manufacture,” he said.
The event was also used as an opportunity by the company to sensitise farmers on the advantages of the new feed and how to carry out profitable poultry farming. It was attended by farmers from the different parts of the country.
Ms Grace Batte, the company’s marketing manager, said when the pellet feeds are used, it ensures better usage as a farmer needs only 3.5kg to grow a bird, compared to the 7-8kg of broiler’s mash that would be used.
In addition, there is little wastage as the pellet can always be picked up by the bird even if it falls on the floor. Unlike mash, which always spills into the litter and is wasted.
“Each time the chicken eats one pellet, it gets all the nutrients, therefore, a farmer is sure that every chicken that eats will get a complete diet. Because of this, there is no need to add other materials for nutrients,” Batte says. “The feed is also sanitised as the process of making it kills bacteria since the feed goes through steam treatment. Thus, salmonella and other bacteria found in the raw materials are killed.”
Because of these benefits, the broilers are ready to sell in four to five weeks and most of them are uniform size since they eat the same diet.
This is in comparison to the eight to nine weeks that broilers are fed on mash need to grow before they are ready to sell.
“On top of saving money, the birds fed on pellet feeds will be of high quality which will help farmers access international markets,” adds Fred Lubanga, the company public relations manager.
The pellet broiler feed is now on sale at outlets in Mukono, Mubende, Iganga, Mbale, Hoima, Mityana, plus Nateete, Container Village and Kansanga in Kampala, as well as Seguku on Entebbe Road.
Monica Kibuuka, a poultry farmer from Luweero District, expressed optimism that the use of pellet feed would reduce the cost of poultry farming.
“I was about to abandon the business because of the high cost of feed that reduced my profits because even the birds were growing slowly,” she said.
While Robert Ssendegeya, another poultry farmer from Mitala Maria, Mpigi District, expressed eagerness to try the new feed to see its effect on indigenous chicken.
“I have been using mash to feed my local chicken but their growth is very slow. I hope this feed will give a boost to my enterprise,” he says.