AGROFOREST WITH RABBITS
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What is Agroforestry?
Agroforestry can help to achieve climate change mitigation and adaptation while at the same time providing livelihoods for poor smallholder farmers in Africa.
Agroforestry is a collective name for land-use systems and technologies in which woody perennials (trees, shrubs, palms, bamboos, etc.) are deliberately combined on the same management unit with herbaceous crops and/or animals. For example, the African oil palm, when grown as part of an agroforestry system and treated well, can provide a valuable and healthy source of oil for local consumption. Simultaneously, planting legumes (including edible beans, cow pea, pigeon pea) is essential to ensure healthy and fertile soils in an agroforestry system, as they replenish the nitrogen taken away with the harvest. These legumes can be grown as cover crops, inter-cropped or in rotation.
Many small holder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa have already been practicing agroforestry. These systems have prevailed despite persistent attempts to introduce mono-culture production of annual crops, which have been much less successful in Africa than elsewhere. Agroforestry has been shown to provide a number of benefits to farmers. For instance, it can enhance soil fertility in many situations and improve farm household resilience through provision of additional products for sale or home consumption.
Agroforestry has a potential to contribute to food security and to meet the challenge of climate change. More ecological techniques such as agroforestry can improve yields, while increasing biodiversity and not requiring imports of foreign fertilizers and seeds, together with high genetic diversity in traditional crop mixtures, ensured most stable yields. Trees also tap into deep groundwater rather than top soil moisture that annual crops rely on.
Trees are in fact critical to agricultural production everywhere. When crops and livestock fail, trees often withstand drought conditions and allow people to hold over until the next season. They also provide non-wood products such as indigenous fruits, mushrooms, thatch grass and material for medicinal use.
Agroforestry is often absent from recommendations for ensuring food security under climate change, even though many practices have been shown to deliver benefits for rural development, buffer against climate variability, help rural populations adapt to climate change and contribute to climate change mitigation.
Many studies have shown that agroforestry practices can slow or reverse land degradation, sequester carbon from the atmosphere and secure rural livelihoods through provision of ecological and economic benefits.
A recent paper showed that agroforestry reduced food insecurity during drought and flooding in western Kenya by 25% due to increased income and improved livelihoods.
In Malawi, maize yields were increased up to 280% in the zone under the tree canopy compared with the zone outside the tree canopy. In Zambia, recent unpublished observations showed that unfertilized maize yields in the vicinity of the Faidherbia acacia tree averaged 4.1 tonnes per hectare, compared to 1.3 tonnes nearby but beyond the tree canopy. They recommend that farmers establish 100 Faidherbia trees on each hectare of maize that is planted.
In Africa, there is very little high quality produce…period. If you have high quality vegetables and fish, you will find a market.
One could simply filled in our Single Crop Projection Tool V1.1.xlsx spreadsheet with their local expense and income numbers, and find out if one also lost money on paper, without even spending $10,000!
Why Rabbits in an Agroforest?
You can raise baby rabbits (gestation period) in 30 days (goats: 150 days, cattle: 280 days). Rabbits give birth to an average of 5 kits and 8 or more kits are not uncommon. Rabbits eats a large variety of greens and crop residues; and thus easy to collect (grass, weeds, leaves) or generated from weeding crop fields. The meat is lean and has a very low cholesterol content when compared to other animal protein. It is encouraged as a healthy meat for hospital patients.
One will have 800-1000 rabbits in 4000 m 2 (i.e. 1 rabbit to 4-5 m 2 space). At least 100 rabbits will be removed/harvested every month.
Micro-livestock will play a growing role in animal protein supply in the very near future. Like the development of ostrich meat industry as a luxury meat, rabbit meat industry will develop quickly and serve as a meat for both the poor and the rich.
One acre Farm Colony and the Fish Canal that borders it
When the bird flu hit Asian countries several years ago, many poultry farmers switched to rabbit farming and discovered it as a business with less risks. Rabbit meat tastes like chicken and thus will be very easy to introduce as an alternative to chicken.
The basic requirements for the model is access to one acre (4047 m 2 ) of land or more for the rabbit colony farm. A source of water will be needed for integration with fish farming.
There seems to be a large ready-made market all around for the rabbit meat – another excellent asset for the project anywhere where there is river or lake water or access to irrigation. The goal of this farm is to use income to give part-time jobs to 10 poor parents so that their children don’t drop out of primary school. School fees are 4000 Ksh per term for a child. This is equivalent to 1 month’ pay if one is to work as a farm worker.
The community could run the rabbit farm and the children are the partners. Raising rabbits can provide farmers with the occasional luxury of eating a “festive” meat and to serve as pets to children in order to bring back the love they may have lost due to their displaced situation. Each child can easily take care of 2 adult rabbits for breeding. So keeping 2 rabbits in a 1m 2 cage is not difficult. If five children in a family can keep 10 adult rabbits in 5 cages, it is possible to raise 15-20 rabbits every month.
Children can collect grass when they walk back from school. There is usually an abundant of grass in the school compound and beside the dirt roads on the way back to their homes. Most of the children live in their family farm and their parents would be happy to see a new purpose in the use of weeds. This provides ideal learning and business experience for the children.
Many farmers already keep rabbits for occasional meat consumption. They are capable of keeping a few rabbits but will not venture into a large number because they lack a market link. This project provides this missing link, i.e. a local rabbit farm that will receive rabbits from the families and market them along with its own produce. No special trip is needed as children can deliver the rabbits once a week. A female rabbit reproduces about 25 off-springs in a year. Keeping 8 breeding rabbits can provide the family with 1 rabbit every other day.
The Nazareth Sisters in Kenya have a 30 acre of land with a rabbit and fish farm where there is a river. Donors donated sponsorship money for 3 children for a year. This Order of Catholic Sisters choose the children but the parents must commit themselves and agree to work 2 days a week in the 30 acre farm for the rabbit project. This method will screen off those parents who want just the sponsorship and not willing to work.
Scale up means an increase in the number of villager participants. The project can expand to 50 families; many of them are poor parents who need a part-time job so that they can pay schooling costs of their children.
One can raise rabbits using the colony method in open vegetated enclosures. The reason for this is to avoid costs in construction of cages, hutches and rabbit houses. Instead one will use rocks as the support for low roofs to create the shelters on elevated land for the rabbits. Another reason is to give the security guard a clear view of the whole area. Savings will be diverted to digging the canal that will surround the 1 acre rabbit colony (partitioned into several enclosures). Since the rabbit colonies will need earth to create elevated warren areas, the earth will come from the fish canal digging.
The Colony Farm can serve as a reference farm used during training of new farmers into the program. In these approaches, families in a rural community will benefit because they can sell their rabbits to the rabbit farm:
Approach 1: A Community Shares System: Model 1 – Family-Group business
Profits: shared among the Family group members
(i) Family group members provide land and partial investments
(ii) Living Water MicroFinance Inc. provides a loan with low interest rate
(iii) Family group Members manage the project, work load and profits are shared according
(iv) Individual families from the rural community sell their rabbits to the local farm
Approach 2: A Community Shares System: Model 2 – Cooperative community project
Profits: shared by cooperative members
(i) Cooperative/local NGO leases land for use
(ii) Living Water MicroFinance Inc. provides a loan with low interest
(iii) Cooperative members buy shares in terms of cash or provides labor-for shares
(iv) Farm is managed by the Cooperative/local NGO
(v) Individual families from the rural community sell their rabbits to the local farm.
The best set-up is if rabbit production has no inputs except labor and raw materials on hand. Even labor can be bartered in terms of hours-for-food if necessary or labor to afford a live rabbit… etc. All the natural materials are available: water, sand, stones/rocks, forest, crop land, orchards (papaya, mango, banana, etc): also grass, weeds, leaves and crop residues for the rabbits. One can grow aquatic plants, e.g. duckweed, dry them and use it as tilapia fish feed.
If commercial materials are used, these will be wooden planks, roofing materials and wire netting. It is also possible to construct a cage with mud by making re-enforced walls. In the rabbit colony there will be a need to construct fences to create enclosures. Enclosures have a multi-purpose for containing rabbits into small colonies and to facilitate catching of the rabbits. Also they will provide additional protection from predators. Fencing will also enable farrowing of pasture land and the re-growth of grass. Rabbits should be kept in different cages for proper recording.
Three parts of the feed should be grass and 1 part legume. Depending on the vegetation in the rabbit colony enclosures, 1-2 large sacks of grass may be needed for every 100 rabbits per day. It will take about one hour of work per sack (collection and delivery). To cut labor costs, the spray irrigation of pasture may be needed. Purchase of grass from villagers is a way to enable other villagers to earn income.
It is important to maintain a sanitary operation to prevent the outbreak of disease. This causes over 80% of the loss: Intestinal diseases caused by poor sanitation; parasitic diseases caused by poor sanitation and poor quarantine practices; respiratory diseases caused by improper air flow, which stems from poor ventilation, high humidity and fluctuating temperatures.
During the dry season, one can try germination of seeds into sprouts to produce fresh fodder as a water-efficient method. This will be cheaper than pellets which cost about US$0.50 (35Ksh) per kilo. Sprouted seeds can be germinated on trays with little water requirement and then placed in a transparent plastic green house or outdoors until adequate growth/biomass is obtained. Various types of seeds esp. cereals can be used.
Commercial cage rabbit farms may cause transmission of diseases. In this project, rabbits (6-8 weeks old or fryers (for slaughter) can be received once a week (e.g. every Saturday). They will be quarantined in open enclosures.
There are three project components:
(A) The First Component is the establishment of a rabbit colony farm and integrated it with fish farming.
(B) The Phase 2 Farm will scale up to produce 1200 kg of rabbit meat and 1500 kg of fish per year. Income will provide part-time employment to 10 poor parents of school children with high drop-out risks.
(C) A Third Component is the use of the area around the fish canals since water is available. An allotment garden could be created for the local community to take advantage of the nutrient-rich water generated by fish farming.
The first community group to be involved will be 50 families. One hopes most of these will be parents with children in the school. Each family need to have 2 adult breeders (female). With the right number of rabbits, one can even get a daily income. Children will learn not to touch the babies until 7 days old otherwise this will change the way they smell and the mother will reject them or treat them as foreigners leading to her killing them or leaving them for the dead.
For those who are starting new (have no rabbits), they need materials to construct a large wooden cage (1 m² ) (roof sheet, some planks for the floor, chick wire netting, door hinges and nails). Local materials can also be used instead but may be difficult to substitute some items. Material cost estimates: 2000-4000 ksh.
The project needs to train a few field officers who can reach out to others. They need to be paid on a day basis. In these school/home projects, security and safety are one of the main concerns: security guards need to be hired.
One concern in security is related to predators (dogs) that will attempt to swim across the 10 meter wide water (1 m deep) to prey on the rabbits and, of course, thieves.
A good house for rabbits should be raised about 2 ft from the ground so that the dogs cannot reach them . A single hutch requires 60 cm x 75 cm x 50 cm. It is good to construct the hutches in tiers of 2-3 to maximize on space. The breeding stock should occupy the lower spaces. Heat makes the bucks sterile therefore good aeration is important. The hutch should be designed to allow urine to run off and perforated 1 to 1.5 centimeters wide between the floor and the sides of the box. Straw can be sandwiched between the two layers of mesh. When cages are kept indoors, then rats become the primary predator which can be stopped with chick wire fencing. One needs to watch out for fire ants, which are attracted to a dirty rabbit house. Putting wood ash around the rabbit house helps.
A female adult rabbit (“doe”) will produce an average of 6 young once every two months and takes about 5-6 months before slaughtered. For each doe, about 3-4 more cages are needed for meat production. So keeping a few does means having 3-4 times the number of cages.
When a parent brings home rabbits, it is often given to the children. You cannot keep children away from them. Kids do start with them as a “hobby”; just as one does in the cities when one gets a rabbit for our kids as a pet. It will also give children the experience/feeling of producing and selling (a basic principle of vocational training) and to offer a way and incentive where children can get some pocket money. If there is a nearby school, an idea would be to teach technical education to the children to teach them to grow and maintain fruit trees (e.g. papaya) and other stuffs for their school lunches.
Babies need to be checked throughout the day and night. Most mothers seem to feed their litter between 2.30-3:00 am so this, in our opinion, is the best and most important time to check on the babies. Stragglers must also be checked for during the day and night. If any babies find their way out of the nest, they don’t always find their way back again and can be die on the hutch floor.
It would be optimal for the farmer to have an area where the rabbits can eat free range outside of their shelter while under supervision and then locked up safely while indoors and overnight.
Any hutch or run must have a private box or hiding area to really protect your rabbit. Allow each buck to be kept on its own as bucks fight vigorously when put together.
With some rabbit predators, wire cages are no protection for a rabbit. Many people are surprised to learn that large birds are a predator to rabbits, especially if the rabbit is a baby, young or a small breed type. Such birds include sparrow hawks and eagle owls. Other rabbit predators include rock badger (Cape hyrax), mongoose, weasels, jackal, wild dogs, hyenas, wildcat, otters, rats and snakes. Many foxes can open hutches. Rabbits can die from shock just because a predator is stalking around outside the hutch.
Humans top the list of rabbit’s predators. One can hire a security guard (armed with bow and arrows) and the costs per year could sponsor five of his children to school. The alternative is to let a parent stay overnight at the shed as the security guard once a week. This would help and sponsor their children to school. If this is possible, then the farm will need emergency car-battery powered lights so that it can be switched on when there is something suspicious happening and also to the power the alarm so that the school security guard can also be alerted. One could put “traps” and physical sound alarms since it will be pitch dark as there will be no lighting in the farm.
Agroforestry could help solve Climate Change.
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Here is how we begin our REVOLUTION.
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BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles.
HOW DO WE KNOW THIS?
Some Christian disciples use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress.
2. COMPLETE SENSE OF PEACE?
After you have been delivered from evil influences, you will have a definite physical experience of a complete sense of peace.
Once you experience a physical sense of peace because of deliverance, you know that you will be healed. This helps you build up your faith, which is very crucial: No faith! No healing!
Some Christian disciples have the gift of healing. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
THE WHOLE FAMILY BENEFITS
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions shows a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17 (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?
Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
- Christians don’t shout, “I live a clean life!” Christians whisper “I feel lost, but now God found me and God forgives me.”
- Christians don’t speak with pride. They confess that they stumble and need Christ to be their guide.
- Christians don’t say,” I’m strong.” They say they try to be strong because they need strength.
- Christians don’t brag about success, but they admit that they fail and they need God to clean the mess.
- Christians don’t claim to be perfect, but God still believes in them.
- Christians still feel the sting of pain. They have their share of headaches but they still call upon His Name.
- Christians are not holier than others. They are simple sinners who receive God’s unbelievable Grace.
Christianity on a Table Napkin:
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
God the Father will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, crying out or pain. We will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is The Holy Spirit will have made all things new. Eternal joy will begin. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name.” Luke 1: 49
Are we not like Barabbas who was justly condemned for murder, but saved by the innocent Jesus on the cross? Are we not like the adulterous woman, deserving of death by stoning, to whom Jesus says, “I do not condemn you”? And Jesus saved them both. In fact, Jesus came to earth specifically to look for and save those who were lost, like you.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”. Isaiah 1:18
You may need some counseling with a pastor, priest or competent Christian worker, who will introduce you to a Short Course on Who is Jesus? Start by reading a short biography of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Read several verses before going to bed and read the same verse upon arising. He will defend you from attacks of the enemy when you ask Him.
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