Research Dissemination by Kenneth Kidega a RUFORUM Scholar at Gulu University
Kenneth Kidega, now a second year student of Masters of Science in Food Security and Community Nutrition at Gulu University was among the first Cohort under the MCF@RUFORUM scholarship. For the past two years, he has been working on the effects of deep litter floor housing system on performance of pigs and pork quality with major focus on their growth performance, pork quality characteristics and the effect of Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO) application, sepecifically on the deep litter floor on sensory attributes of pork under the Community Action Research Project (CARP+1). It is during this time, that he interacted with pig farmers in northern Uganda particulary the communities of Paicho, Cwero and Labora in Gulu district were the study is being conducted. Kenneth further extended to farmers in Koro during dissemination, because of the large numbers of pig farmers in the area.
From this two-years’ experience, he is now versatile in doing surveying, experiments, data collection, processing and analysis in order to get meaningful results, that can be transferred, to relevant recipients. From his study he found out that there were no differences in feed intake, weight gain and feed conversions ratio for pigs raised on both IMO treated and untreated deep litter floor houses. To him, these findings meant that IMO technology does not affect the normal metabolism of the pigs. He also found-out that most fatty acids in pork from pigs raised during IMO treated deep litter floor, were unsaturated which intern reduced the risk of consumers to be prone to heart diseases that are caused by saturated fats in meat. In his conclusion, he recommends deep litter floor treatment with IMO as being a preferred option for pig production and encourages farmers to adopt it.
After obtaining the results, he trained farmers on the benefits of raising pigs on deep litter floor housing system using IMO technology with respect to the research findings. Farmers gave feedback stating that, the research has encouraged them to continue with pig keeping and they appreciated knowledge given to them on rearing pigs using IMO technology. (Additionally,) Above that, farmers were grateful to the CARP+1 project for the great initiative for students to give back their findings to the recipient communities. They also recommended the continuation of the program and more trainings on pig production in enhancing the livelihood of smallholder farmers.