Diagnosis of the Cane Rat (Thryonomys swinderianus) Breeding Systems in Ivory Coast
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Volume 4, Issue 3, June 2015, Pages: 148-152
Received: May 21, 2015; Accepted: Jun. 3, 2015; Published: Jun. 19, 2015
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Goué Danhoué, National Polytechnic Institute Felix Houphouët-Boigny of Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast; Department of training and research in Water, Forests and Environment, Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
Yapi Yapo Magloire, National Polytechnic Institute Felix Houphouët-Boigny of Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast; Department of training and research in Agriculture and Animal Resources, Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
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In order to increase animal protein self-sufficiency, the government of Ivory Coast chose a policy of livestock activities diversification including the promotion of mini-livestock such as cane rat husbandry. Today, cane rat breeding has a craze among Ivorian people, but it struggles to really take off. With the aim of contributing to an optimal development of cane rat husbandry in Ivory Coast, we performed a diagnosis of the breeding systems in order to determine the factors that hinder the proper development of this activity. The diagnosis was performed using a survey questionnaire. The survey was carried out using the Participatory Rapid Appraisal Method. Sixty-six farms in 13 administrative Regions of Ivory Coast were investigated. The results showed that most of breeders (55%) were well equipped with livestock buildings in modern materials. However, the animal feeding system was inadequate, characterized by crude protein deficiency. The poor quality of the feed associated with an approximate hygiene management led to high mortality of the animals, reaching over 60% in many farms. The development of complete pelleted diets suitable to the cane rat digestive physiology, with a better control of animal health should allow cane rat breeding to take a jumpstart in Ivory Coast.
Breeding System, Cane Rat, Diagnosis, Ivory Coast
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Goué Danhoué, Yapi Yapo Magloire, Diagnosis of the Cane Rat (Thryonomys swinderianus) Breeding Systems in Ivory Coast, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2015, pp. 148-152. doi: 10.11648/j.aff.20150403.21
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