Water hyacinth is a free-floating plant that can double rigorously and capture an entire water surface. Since 1970, it has covered more than 20,000 hectares of water in Lake Victoria. This has resulted in; hindrance of water transport, contamination of the lake and decline in fish population and fishing activities.
Our team came up with the idea of using water hyacinth as a raw material in manufacturing livestock feed. We have carried out several international and local laboratory tests on our products and they have been approved as safe for animal consumption. A pilot study on dairy animals and poultry was able to record a 30% increase in production and a 20% reduction in the cost of feeding.
We are currently removing 2 tons of water hyacinth weed a week from the lake surface. With this, we are able to produce 5 tons of livestock feed a month.
The process involves harvesting of water hyacinth from the lake surface and value addition done to water hyacinth.
The fully processed product is safe and healthy for animals to feed on, owing to the rigorous production stages it undergoes. It is free of any synthetic hormones or boosters that are normally added to animal feeds during production.