Solomon Pigangsoa Konlan, PhD
Senior Research Scientist


Degrees: PhD. (UDS, Ghana), M.Sc. (KNUST, Ghana)

Active Affiliations: Ghana Society of Animal Production,
Ghana Animal Science Association.


Research Interest
  • Sustainable livestock nutrition for increasing productivity through intensification, quality feeding and efficient feed utilization.
  • Developing and testing climate-smart agricultural technologies in mitigating climate change in an integrated crop-livestock production system such as screening and promoting drought-tolerant fodder species for adoption by farmers. Testing of multi-purpose sorghum varieties as food feed crops.

  • Current Research
    His research interest and focuses are in the area of sustainable livestock production through intensification and efficient feed resource utilization to produce the needed animal protein for the increasing population. Development of best animal feeding technologies for increasing productivity within the declining range resources. These include but not limited to technologies on supplementary feeding of ruminants, grazing management, forage quality evaluation, optimizing resource use in crop-livestock system, crop residues storage, crop residues and agro-industrial by-products supplementation techniques, fodder marketing, pasture development and climate smart agricultural techniques for sustainable productivity and maintenance of the resiliency of the environment.

    Current Projects
    Testing improved feeding trough for efficient feed utilization. USAID feed the future initiative, Africa RISING project Phase II. The current project is investigating levels of reduction in feed wastage in supplementary feeding or zero grazing through the use of an efficient and improved feeding trough technology in northern Ghana. This technology uses local materials in constructing the feeding troughs for easy adoption by farmers.


    Dr, Solomon Pigangsoa Konlan is a Senior Research Scientist of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research - Animal Research Institute (CSIR-ARI), Nyankpala Station. He holds PhD degree in Animal Science, Nutrition Option from University for Development Studies, (UDS) Tamale, Ghana (2018) and M. Sc. in Animal Nutrition from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana (2010). He was international Livestock Research Institute’s (ILRI) graduate fellow from 2013 to 2016. His expertise is in the area of best livestock production management practices to ensure food security and income generation among practitioners. The core includes among others animal nutrition (ruminant grazing management and supplementary feeding). optimization of resource use in crop-livestock production system through nutrient cycling from different enterprises in the farming system to increase productivity. Best practices on crop residues harnessing, storage and supplementation of grazing animals especially in the dry season or for fattening of small ruminants. Formulations of agro-industrial by-products for supplementation of animals. Fodder market development to enhance feed availability in urban areas for animal production and fattening for sale. Pasture development through quality assessment and improving the management of natural pasture to maintain quality and resiliency of the environment. On-farm demonstration of improved forage cultivation to increase feed availability. Dr. Konlan has 19publications in refereed journals and edited conference proceedings. He is external examiner for the graduate students of the Department of Animal Science, University for Development Studies. He is a reviewer for a number scientific journals among which are Ghana Journal of Animal Science, West African Journal of Applied Ecology (WAJAE) and Journal of Agricultural Science and food Technology. He has been involved in a number of donor-funded projects which have had significant impact on communities especially smallholder farmers. This include the intensification of integrated crop-livestock systems in northern Ghana for sustainable increase in smallholder farm productivity, USAID feed the future initiatives through Africa RISING project phase I, sustainable intensification of integrated crop-small ruminant production systems in West Africa, funded by the Australian government agency for international development (AusAID). I was a A team member in investigating how to increase guinea fowl eggs availability and hatching rate in the dry season ( funded by CIDA under the Food and Agriculture Budgetary Support Scheme). Availability and utilization of feed resources in crop - small ruminant production among smallholder farmers in northern Ghana( funded by USAID feed the future initiatives through Africa RISING project phase I). He is currently working on efficient animal feeding using improved feeding troughs that reduce feed waste ( funded by USAID feed the future initiatives through Africa RISING project phase II).


    Refereed Journal Papers
    1. Konlan, S. P., Ayantunde, A. A., Addah, W., Dei, H. K., Karbo, N. and Avornyo, F. K. (2019). Effect of concentrate supplementation and season on apparent digestibility and growth performance of sheep in smallholder production system, Ghana Journal of Science, Technology and Development; 6(2): 01-18

    2. Avornyo, F. K., Partey, S. T., Zougmore, R. B., Asare, S. Agbolosu, A. A., Akufo N. M., Sowah N. A., Konlan S. P. (2019). In vivo digestibility of six selected fodder species by goats in northern Ghana. Tropical Animal Health and Production

    3. Konlan, S. P., Sadat, S. and Mohammed, T. S., (2018). Effect of groundnut haulms and maize bran supplementation on growth performance and estimated market value of Djallonkè sheep under smallholder production systems, Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science; 9: 73 – 80.

    4. Konlan, S. P., Ayantunde, A. A., Addah, W., Dei, H. K. and Panyan, E. K. (2018). Effect of season on the variation of herbage availability and quality in communal pasture and crop residue yield in the savanna zone of northern Ghana. Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science; 9: 111 - 121

    5. Shaibu, M. T., Alhassan, S. I., Panyan, E. K., Avornyo, F. K., Konlan S. P. and Salifu, S. (2018). An assessment of institutional importance of climate change adaptation in the Volta River Basin of Northern Ghana. West African Journal of Applied Ecology; 26: 27 – 40

    6. Konlan, S. P., Ayantunde, A. A., Addah, W., Dei, H. K. and Karbo, N. (2017). Emerging feed markets for ruminant production in urban and peri-urban areas of northern Ghana. Tropical Animal Health and Production; 50: 169 - 76

    7. Konlan, S. P. Ayantunde, A., Addah W., and Dei. .H. K. (2017). The combined effects of the provision of feed and healthcare on nutrient utilization and growth performance of sheep during the early or late dry season. Tropical Animal Health and Production; 49: 4123 - 1430

    8. Oteng-Frimpong, R., Konlan, S. P. and N. N. Denwar. (2017). Evaluation of Selected Groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) Lines for Yield and Haulm Nutritive Quality Traits. Hindawi International Journal of Agronomy

    9. Hagan, B. A., Asiedu, P. Salifu, S. and Konlan, S. P. (2016). The economic value of genetic improvement of the Ashanti black pig to the Ghanaian pig industry. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa; 64: 241 - 252 10. Konlan S. P., Ayantunde, A. A., Addah, W., Dei, H. K. and Avornyo F. K. (2016) Evaluation of feed resource availability for ruminant production in northern Ghana. International Journal of Livestock Research; 6: 39 - 59

    10. Konlan, S. P, Mumuni A., Birteeb, P. T. Annin S. A. (2016). Effect of Lambda-Cyhalothrin agro-chemical spray for insect pests control on yield and fodder quality of cowpea - preliminary findings. International Journal of Livestock Research; 6: 91- 98.

    11. Avornyo, F. K., Ayantunde, A. A., Shaibu, M. T., Konlan S. P. and Karbo, N. (2015). Effect of feed and health packages on the performance of village small Ruminants in northern Ghana. International Journal of Livestock Research; 5: 91 - 98

    12. Konlan, S. P. and Avornyo, F. K. (2013). The effect of wetland on guinea fowl (Numida meleagris) egg productivity and fertility during the dry season in the guinea savannah ecological zone of Ghana. Sky Journal of Agricultural Research; 2: 126 – 131

    13. Konlan, S. P., Karikari, P. K. and Ansah, T. (2012). Productive and blood indices of dwarf rams fed a mixture of rice straw and groundnut haulms alone or supplemented with concentrates containing different levels of Shea nut cake. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition; 6: 566 - 571

    14. Ansah,T., Konlan, S. P., Ofori, D. K. and Awudza, H. A. (2012). Effect of agro-industrial by-product supplementation on the growth performance and haematology of Djallonke sheep. Ghanaian Journal of Animal Science; 6: 96-100

    15. Konlan, S. P., Avornyo F. K, Karbo N, Sulleyman A (2011). Increasing guinea fowl eggs availability and H hatchability in the dry season of northern Ghana. Journal of World's Poultry Resources; 1: 1 - 3.


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