Comparative Evaluation Of Chloris, Eragrostis And Cenchrus Grasses For Pasture Production In Marsabit Central District, Northern Kenya

  • H. Bulle
  • M. Mamo
  • P. Geikuku
  • D. Golicha
  • M. Ngutu
  • S. Obanyi
  • M. Muya
  • H. Charfi
  • S. Amboga
Keywords: Livestock

Abstract

Livestock production transcends other sectors as key food and economic activity for many pastoral communities of northern Kenya. Nevertheless livestock production has been faced with a major challenge of feed deficits especially during periods of drought. One of the recommended practices to overcome the challenge of feed deficits is pasture production with use of suitable grass species. However, performance of pastoralists’ preferred grass species for pasture production under arid and semi-arid environmental condition of northern Kenya has been less understood. This study evaluated suitability of Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana, Kunth), Love grass (Eragrostis superb Peyr) and African Foxtail grass (Cenchrus ciliaris, L.) for pasture production mainly in terms of dry matter yield and seed production in Sagante and Songa locations of Marsabit Central District, northern Kenya. Using Randomized Block Design, experimental plots were laid out in the farms and productivity variables measured at maturity. Dry matter and seed production varied with grass species in both sites. Chloris had higher dry matter production while Eragrostis had higher seed production. The study recommended Chloris for pasture production in Marsabit central District. But because of its low seeds production, a methodology of exploring reliable and continuously supply of its seeds is recommended for sustainability.

Published
2011-09-21
How to Cite
Bulle, H., Mamo, M., Geikuku, P., Golicha, D., Ngutu, M., Obanyi, S., Muya, M., Charfi, H., & Amboga, S. (2011). Comparative Evaluation Of Chloris, Eragrostis And Cenchrus Grasses For Pasture Production In Marsabit Central District, Northern Kenya. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal, 76(1&2). Retrieved from https://www.kalro.org/www.eaafj.or.ke/index.php/path/article/view/410