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Desho and Napier grasses help Ethiopian farmers produce year-round forage

Muluneh plants Desho grass on soil conservation structure and feeds it to his sheep

In Doyogena, Ethiopia, Muluneh has planted Desho grass to conserve soil and feeds his sheep (photo credit: ILRI/Zerihun Sewunet).

The seventh edition of the Forages for the Future newsletter published in June 2018 features an article on how Desho and Napier grasses are helping smallholders produce year-year round forage in Ethiopia.

The two grasses are a source of good-quality forage for cut-and-carry systems in the country. Desho grass has become particularly popular as a means of biological control in stabilizing soil bunds and controlling runoffs and soil erosion.

Read the full article in page 5 of the Forages for the Future newsletter

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