Improving productivity of indigenous chicken in Northern Uganda

RUFORUM

By Christine Nakkazi, College of Agricultural and Environmental sciences, Makerere University christinenakkazi@yahoo.com

Over 80% of rural households in Northern Uganda keep chicken, mostly local breeds kept under the free-range production system. However, these indigenous chicken exhibit low turnover and low growth rate due to poor management and inadequate feeding which challenges their ability to play their role as sources of food security and income. Since the majority of farmers leave their chicken to scavenge for food, the birds do not meet their nutritional requirements for optimal growth and production as scavengeable feed resources are scarce, highly variable and of questionable nutritional value.

The Enhancing Local Chicken Productivity through Strategic Breeding and Nutrition Management in Northern Uganda (ELOCHIP) Project, funded by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) under Grant number RU/2012/GRG-70, sought to enhance the productivity of indigenous chicken in this region through improved nutrition and breeding…

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