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An Assessment Of The Nutrient Profile Accumulated Laying Hens Manure And Ammonia Emissions Reduction Strategies For Quality Of Egg Production, Resident Safety And Environment In The Rivers West Senatorial District, Nigeria.

Volume 1 - Issue 3, September 2017 Edition
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Author(s)
Ndukwu E.C., Ezenwanne N.H.
Keywords
Accumulated manure, ammonia emission reduction, egg production and environment.
Abstract
Unused nitrogen in the manure in the form of uric acid has contributed immensely to ammonia emissions. However, diet manipulation and management (an ideal dietary crude protein) as well as litter treatment with acidifiers and manure removal have been recognized as a means to reduce ammonia emissions from poultry operations. This study was an assessment of the nutrient profile accumulated laying hens waste and ammonia emissions reduction strategies for quality of egg production, resident safety and environment in Rivers West Senatorial District, Nigeria. A structured questionnaire was administered to 21 egg producers to obtain relevant information. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The result indicated that egg producers had high understanding of choke/offensive odour (57.14%) and air-borne infections (28.5%) respectively. The study also revealed that farmers are aware of the adverse effects of the ammonia emission but lack the ability to easily adopt new innovations and possible ways to reduce ammonia emissions. Training on emission reduction strategies will be a great assistance to farmers. Most egg producers were between the ages of 30 and 50 (57.14%) and had more involvement in egg production and operated small-scale farm.
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