Utilization of agro-industrial by-products as feed resources for monogastric farm animals.
Application of feed additives in non-ruminant diets.
Determination of nutritional requirements of non-ruminants
Provision of cheap but good quality feed remains one of the major focus of scientists and farmers in the pig production value chain. Alternative sources of feed have to be explored for feeding pigs. In recent years, attention has been focused on the use of agro-industrial by-products (AIBPs) as non-conventional feed resources for feeding pigs in the tropics. Some of these by-products are readily available at production sites. These are not utilized by humans therefore; their usage will tend to reduce the cost of feeding and eventually reduce the pollution hazard to the environment. Several AIBPs have been considered as feed resources in the feeding of livestock. Nevertheless, there are other potential ones which have not been adequately studied and exploited. Some of the main ones are by-products of the cocoa industry which include cocoa pod husk, cocoa bean shell, cocoa bean meal and cocoa placenta. Ghana is a major producer and exporter of cocoa beans in the world, therefore large quantities of cocoa by-products are thereby produced which invariably go waste on farms. Optimizing the use of these by-products in livestock diets will reduce the cost of feeding.
Mr. Kwame Owusu Amoah is a Senior Research Scientist of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Animal Research Institute (CSIR-ARI). He obtained a Master of Science degree (M. Sc.) in Animal Nutrition from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and is currently pursuing doctoral degree with his alma mater. His area of specialization is animal nutrition, specifically monogastric livestock and poultry nutrition. His research focuses on the utilization of agro-industrial by-products as alternative source of feed resource in the diets of non-ruminant farm animals. He has been involved in training livestock and poultry farmers nationwide at research-extension-farmer linkage and pig farmers’ association workshops. Since his employment, he has been actively engaged in several donor-funded projects and consultancies among which are the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP), the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)-Ghana, Creating competitive entrepreneurs in the pig value chain through the Skills Development Fund. He has seventeen publications in peer-reviewed journals, training manual, etc.
- Asiedu, P., Adu, E. K., Arthur, C. T., Aboyella, C., Frimpong, S. K., Bempeh, D., Eshun, E. A., Domozoro, C. Y., Marfo, E. A., Obresi, A. A., Amoah, K. O., Ansah, K. O. (2019). Indigenous micro-organisms (IMO) technology for sustainable pig production
- Domozoro, C. Y., Amoah, K. O., Asiedu, P., Nyameasem J. K., Marfo, E. A., Dwumah, K., Yeboah, F., Anku, P., Sotie, E. T. and Obresi, A. A. (2019). Multi- nutritional feed block technology for livestock farmers
- Ahiagbe, A., Karbo, N., Avornyo, F., Nyameasem, J. K., Adu-Aboagye, G., Amoah, K. O., Affedzi-Obresi, S., Beckerly, C. and Duncan, J. L. (2016). Improving guinea fowl keet survivability in Ghana: A manual for keet brooding management. Published by Animal Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Guinea Fowl Resource Centre, Ghana. ISBN 978-9988-2-4128-5
- Amoah, K. O., Asiedu, P., Rhule, S. W. A. and Wallace, P. A. (2015). Improved Pig Feed: New products development with root and tuber crops and their by-products as feed for pig improvement. CSIR-Animal Research Institute, P. O. Box AH 20 Achimota, Accra.
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Refereed Journal Papers
- Boateng, M., Okai, D. B., Amoah, K. O., Opoku-Asenso, A., Aye, K. A. and Frimpong, Y. O. (2019). Cocoa placenta meal: yield estimates, nutrient composition and response of albino rats to diets containing graded levels with or without XzymeTM an exogenous enzyme-probiotic complex. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa; 67: 141-150
- Amoah, K. O., Boateng, M., Okai, D. B. and Frimpong, Y. O. (2018). Anti-nutritional factors and their relevance to monogastric animal agriculture in Ghana: Some important considerations. Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science; 9(2): 1-15
- Amoah, K. O., Nyameasem, J. K., Asiedu, P., Adu-Aboagye, G. A., Wallace, P. A., Ahiagbe, K. M. J. and Rhule, S. W. A. (2018). Protein and energy requirements for indigenous guinea keets (Numida meleagris) in southern Ghana. Ghanaian Journal of Agriculture Science; 52: 105-111
- Wallace, P. A., Nyameasem, J. K., Amoah, K. O. and Beyuo, J. (2018). Biochemical and haematological response of growing grasscutters fed freshly harvested panicum maximum alone or supplemented with leucaena leucocephala treated with 0, 1 or 2 per cent salt solution. Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science; 9(1): 58-65
- Amoah, K. O., Asiedu, P., Wallace, P. A., Bumbie, G. Z. and Rhule, S. W. A. (2017). The performance of pigs at different phases of growth on sun-dried brewers spent grain. Livestock Research for Rural Development; ) 29(5): 1-9
- Nyameasem, J. K., Amoah, K. O., Wallace, P. A. and Adu, E. K. (2017). Nitrogen partitioning and growth in grasscutters fed freshly cut Panicum maximum alone or supplemented with Leucaena lecocephala treated with 0, 1 or 2 per cent saline solution. Livestock Research for Rural Development 29(2): 1-9
- Nyameasem, J. K., Adu, E. K., Amoah, K. O. and Hagan, B. A. (2015). The effect of male proximity on vaginal patency, estrous cycle length and feed intake of female grasscutters. Tropical Animal Health and Production. DOI 10.1007/s11250-015-0972-7
- Wallace, P. A., Amoah, K. O., Asiedu, P., Osei, D. Y., Adu, E. K. and N. Karbo (2014). Impact of rumen enhancer (RE3) as a feed additive on lipid, biochemical and histopathological profile of rabbits reared under tropical conditions. Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science; 8(1): 59-65
- Asiedu, P., Amoah, K. O., Rhule, S. W. A., Wallace P. and G. Z. Bumbie (2014). Response of grower-finisher pigs to diets with graded levels of gliricidia leaf meal (GLM). Journal of Ghana Science Association; 15(2): 111-118
- Amoah, K. O., Asiedu, P., Rhule, S. W. A., Wallace, P., and Bumbie, G. Z. (2013). Influence of preservation methods of brewers spent grains on the growth and carcass characteristics of grower-finisher pigs. Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science; 7(2): 20-25
- Aseidu, P., Amoah, K. O., Rhule, S. W. A. and Okai, D. B. (2013). The responses of primiparous sows and their offsprings to diets containing some selected Agro-industrial By-Products (AIBP) in Ghana. Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science; 7(1): 60-68
- Darkwa, S., Okai, D. B., Boateng, M. and Amoah, K. O. (2013). Responses of growing rats and pigs to diets containing varying levels of dried brewers’ spent grains supplemented with Bergazym-an exogenous enzyme complex. Journal of Animal Science Advances; 3(6): 284 – 290
- Wallace, P. A., Osei, D.Y., Aseidu, P., Amoah, K. O., Asafu-Adjaye, A. (2012). Influence of the probiotic, RE3 on nutritional performance, haematological, immune status and carcass characteristics of rabbit reared under tropical conditions. Online Journal of Animal and Feed Research; 2(5): 450-456
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