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South Eastern Kenya University (2015)

An evaluation of Brachiaria grass cultivars productivity in semi arid Kenya

Nguku, Susan Akinyi

Titre : An evaluation of Brachiaria grass cultivars productivity in semi arid Kenya

Auteur : Nguku, Susan Akinyi

Université de soutenance : South Eastern Kenya University

Grade : Master of Science in Livestock Production Systems, 2015

Présentation
The scarce and low nutritive livestock forage resource base in semi arid Kenya limits livestock production in these regions. The major factor contributing to this situation is inadequate and erratic rainfall patterns accompanied by long dry spells often culminating into drought. To exploit the full potential of the ASALs for livestock production there is need to expand the forage resource base through introduction of climate smart forage species. This study was carried out to evaluate the growth of Brachiaria grass cultivars, seasonal herbage yield and quality in semi arid regions of Eastern Kenya. It was conducted at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, (now Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation) Katumani, Machakos. Brachiaria cultivars namely B. decumbens cv. Basilisk, Brachiaria hybrid Mulato II, four Brachiaria brizantha cultivars Marandu, Xaraes, BRS Piata, MG4 and two Brachiaria humidicola cultivars Humidicola and Llanero were assessed in their performance with reference to establishment rates ,dry matter yields, chemical and nutritive composition. Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana KAT R3) and Napier grass (P. pupureum cv. Kakamega I) were included as controls

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