Horse sug­ar­cane: An ap­pe­tiser for live­stock

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE -

Horse sug­ar­cane is a plant that serves as ap­pe­tiser and feed for live­stock. It grows mainly on wa­ter. It also serves as a source of wa­ter for an­i­mals that feed on it es­pe­cially where there is no enough wa­ter for them to drink.

The plant was first seen in the 70s at the Live­stock In­ves­ti­ga­tion and Breed­ing Cen­tre (LIBC) in Kadawa, Kano State, when the then mil­i­tary ad­min­is­tra­tor of the state, Audu Bako, now late, es­tab­lished its plan­ta­tion in the area for the feed­ing of the state govern­ment’s live­stock.

Al­haji Muk­tar Chi­ro­mawa, a farmer and mem­ber of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, im­ported the plant from Song­hai farms in Benin Repub­lic and repli­cated it in his farm at Chi­ro­mawa.

“This is a plant that gives a lot of ap­petite to live­stock. Ev­ery an­i­mal that eats grass likes to eat this one. It gives them ap­petite and be­cause of the large wa­ter con­tent in it, when an an­i­mal eats it and could not get wa­ter to drink, the wa­ter in the plant can sus­tain it for some­time. You can see that it looks green­ish and so rich.

“Grass­cut­ters, rab­bits, sheep, cat­tle, goats, horses, name it. They all eat this plant. It has rapid re­newal growth. When you cut it and give it to an­i­mals, it grows back within three days. If live­stock is tak­ing this grass, it makes it feed well and grow fat­ter eas­ily. They also look health­ier,” he said.

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