Multi-nutritional blocks

Supplementary feed for livestock


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BF Burkina Faso


About the project Edit

Livestock licks the multi-nutritional salt lick which is a round 2.5 kg stone made up of forage plant leaves (Faidherbia albida, Combretum lanceolata, Combretum aculeatum, niebe plant), sea salt and salt cure. There are three types of stones depending on the base of the pulse :

(1) une pierre à base de Niébé,
(2) une pierre à base de jeunes plants de maïs,
(3) une pierre à base Faidherbia albida.

(1) Niebe plant base stone
(2) young maize base stone
(3) Faidherbia albida base stone

These salt licks are a feed supplement for ruminants deficient in minerals and proteins especially during the dry season when animal feed is low in nutrients.

It can be classified as an incremental product innovation.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

It’s an innovation that provides a solution for feed supplementation with local plant and salt base in Sahelian countries.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The dry season is very long (8-9 months) in Sahalian countries, particularly Burkina Faso, and is often harmful to livestock which contributes, however, very substantially to the national economy. Farmers have to use feed supplements with an agro-industrial by-product base (cubed cottonseed cake) in order to get through the dry season. The high cost of agro-industrial by-products limit accessibility for the majority of farmers which, in turn, results in a low productivity of cattle.

This local products-based innovation gives makes feed supplements accessible to lower income farmers in the dry season.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

High technology is not required to produce this innovation which is economically-accessible to all farmers.

The stone must be given to the animal for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day (morning and night). Stored in a dry place, the stone’s shelf life is 24 months. This feed supplement has already been adopted in six rural communities (Toéghin, Séguénéga, Koubri, Ziniaré, Sapouy and Pama) in Burkina Faso and by a number of farmers around the Ouagadougou capital.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

It is through a workshop organized by the NGO Diobass that members of the Wend-Raabo association decided to consider the difficulties of animal feed in order to find solutions to this dry season issue.

This resulted in the association setting up a research action group called the GRA whose objective was to develop feed that could decrease the effects of agro-industrial by-product in order to help farmers in the dry season.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The benefits of this project are important to farmers in the sense that it can lower the cost of raising livestock by replace agro-industrial by-product with multi-nutritional blocks that are richer in nutrients and are less expensive (a 2.5 kg stone costs 750 CFA francs in Toéghin and 1,000 CFA francs outside of Toéghin) because it is not made with agro-industrial by-product. Expanding this innovation on a large scale will certainly contribute to the raising of livestock and substantial gains for the national economy.

The project has not yet adopted any given business model.


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