Amira A. Ahmed and Nahid M.T. Fawi*, University of Khartoum, Sudan
Purpose: This study aimed to analyse the value chain of manure management in dairy farms in different areas in Khartoum, Sudan. Research was based mainly on primary data collection using a cross-sectional scientifically structured questionnaire that targeted the owners of the dairy farms.
Design/Methodology/Approach: A judgmental non probability sampling method was performed where a total of 70 farms scattered at various geographical locations in Khartoum North constituted the sample of the research. The collected data was analysed using the computerised Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS ver., 11.5) to obtain the frequency of distributions, further the obtained data was used to map a value chain model for manure management in the dairy farms under study.
Findings: Main results obtained showed that 57.1% of the dairy farmers collected manure from barns . once per week; 55.7 % of the farms produced 2−6 tons of manure/month; 47.1 % of the dairy farmers sold manure 4 times /month. Most of the owners 88.6 % did not use manure as fertiliser in their farm.
Conclusion: The study was concluded with several recommendations to upgrade the manure management value chain; where Dairy farmers, especially in the traditional sector should be encouraged to value manure as an added value product rather than a waste product; thus increasing the overall farm profitability, further there is strong need for crafting business oriented extension packages that target dairy farmers to leverage their awareness level regarding manure collection, storage, treatment and marketing strategies.
Keywords: Value chain model; Dairy farms; Manure management; Added value product; Khartoum; Sudan
Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Ahmed, A. A. and Fawi, N. M. T (2018) “Value chain model of manure management in dairy farms in Khartoum, Sudan”, Int. J. Sudan Research, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.127-134