- Identify the factors leading to the use or non-use of local feed and forage materials by ruminant producers;
- Determine the ability of markets and producers to differentiate and reward feed/forage quality, and the barriers to that;
- Assess the performance of feed/forage markets in terms of linking supply with demand, and sources of market failures; and
- Identify and make public through several channels potential interventions for improved market performance, and improved utilization of quality feeds/forage, as well as needs for additional research.
The activities will be carried out in targeted zones where beef and dairy production are concentrated in East Java. The activities include participatory assessment of producer feed and forage options; survey of representative ruminant producers; participatory and secondary data analysis of markets and other exchange mechanisms for feeds and fodder; survey of representative feed market actors, to identify practices, suppliers and buyers, value addition and costs, and quality/price relationships; Preparation and analysis of feed samples; statistical analysis of producer feed practices; Statistical analysis of market feed prices and quality attributes; synthesis of results presented to stakeholders; and publication of results.