Motielal et al Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 6 (3), pp. 121-126, March 2016. ISSN: 2276-7770 Research Paper Manuscript Number: 022616047 (DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2016.3.022616047) Utilization of Cassava in Poultry Feed in Guyana Motielal M1*, Homenauth O1, DeGroot P2 1*Food Science and Nutrition, National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute Agriculture Road, Mon Repos, East coast Demerara, Guyana. 1 Chief Executive Officer, National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute. 2Chief Executive Officer, Bounty Farms Limited, Public Road, Timehri, East Bank Demerara, Guyana. Abstract: This study was initiated to determine the best ratio at which cassava meal could be incorporated in the diets of broiler chicks and the economic benefit of feeding cassava meal to broilers. For this investigation 1140 kg of fresh cassava tubers were sun-dried and converted to flour (composition determined). Eight hundred one day old chicks were selected for this trial. There were four treatments (0%, 5%, 10% & 15% Cassava meal) arranged accordingly to completely randomized design with two replicates. There were two hundred birds per treatment. All the chicks were given feed and water ad lib. The trial lasted for a period of six weeks. Body weights were taken weekly, mortality was recorded daily and the feed conversion ratio (FCR) was determined. The economic cost was calculated at the end of this trial. The results of this study indicated that cassava root meal canbe used as substitute for the rice or corn in conventional feed for poultry, provided that the cassava-based rations are balanced properly for all nutrients. The results of the study indicated that cassava can be included as an ingredient in poultry feed. The recommended amount is 15%. Key words: cassava, poultry feed, sun-dried, poultry. Return to Content View [Full Article – PDF] [Full Article – HTML] [Full Article – EPUB] Post-review Rundown View/get involved, click [Post-Review Page] References Blair R (2010a). The actual and potential market for cassava in Guyana: AAACP Paper Series No. 12. FAO. Blair R (2010b). Risk management and finance along the cassava value chain in Guyana: AAACP Paper Series No. 13. FAO. Buitrago J, Bernardo O, Gil JL and Aparicio H (2007). Cassava root and leaf meals as the main ingredients in poultry feeding: Some experiences in Colombia. In: Howeler, Reinhardt H. (ed.). Cassava research and development in Asia: Exploring new opportunities for an ancient crop: Proceedings of the seventh regional workshop held in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct 28-Nov 1, 2002. CIAT, Cassava Office for Asia, Bangkok, TH. 523-541. Eruvbetine D, Tajudeen ID, Adeosun AT and Olojede AA (2003). Cassava (M. esculenta) leaf and tuber concentrate in diets for broiler chickens. Biores. Tech., 86: 277-281. Ngiki Y U, Igwebuike JU and Moruppa SM (2014).Effects of replacing maize with cassava root-leaf meal mixture on the performance of broiler chickens. IJST, 3: (6): 352-362. Oyebimpe K, Fanimao O, Oduguwa O and Biobaku WO (2006).Response of broiler chicks to cassava peel and maize offal in cashew nut meal-based diets. Arch. Zootec., 55:301-304. Prakash A (2006). Background paper for the competitive commercial agriculture in Sub-Sahara Africa (CCAA) study. Cassava: International Market Profile. FAO. Saentaweesuk S, Kanto U, Juttupornpong S and Harinsut P (2000). Substitute of cassava meal for corn in broiler diets. In: Proc. 38th Kasetsart University Annual Conference: Animal, Veterinary Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand. Tathawan S, Moonchaisuk S, Tanasrisutara N, Kanto U and Juttapornpong S (2002). A comparative study of corn and cassava diets both supplemented and unsupplemented with antibiotic on performance and mortality rate of broilers. In: Proc.40th Kasetsart University Conference, Kasetsart University, Thailand.