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 surface in Lake Victoria. This has resulted into; 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 an average 30% increase in production and 20% reduction in 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.