PAPER TITLE :THE COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF INCORPORATING FUNGUS TREATED CASTOR SEED CAKE (FTCSC) (RICINUSCOMMUNIS) IN THE DIET OF (WAD) GOAT

APPLIED TROPICAL AGRICULTURE | VOLUME 23 NUMBER 2 2018

Paper Details

  • Author(s) : *1Belewu, K. Y., 1 Ibrahim, H. K., 1Ajibade T. B. and 2Adewusi, O. G.
  • Abstract:

The cost benefit analysis of incorporating fungus (Aspergillusniger ) treated Castor seed cake (Ricinuscommunis)
inthe diet of West African dwarf (WAD) goat was evaluated in a seven week feeding trial. A total of twelve (12) goats
weighing 3.93kg- 6.53kg were randomly allotted to four dietary treatments A, B, C, and D with three goats each
comprising a treatment in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). Treatment A which was the control group had
no inclusion of Fungus treated Castor Seed Cake while Treatments B, C and D had 15, 20 and 25% of Fungustreated
Castor Seed Cake respectively. Weekly weight gain and daily feed intake were recorded while the cost of feed was
also determined. Results of feed conversion ratio (feed: gain), cost/kg feed, cost of total feed consumed, cost/kg
weight gain, net benefit and cost benefit ratio were significantly different (p<0.05). Additionally, thecosts of feeding
was better in the fungus treated groups compared to the control diet. There was no mortality nor health implication in
all the groups suggesting the safety of incorporating castor seed cake in the diet of goats. It can be concluded that
incorporation of fungus treated Castor seed cake in the diets of goats should be encouraged among goat farmers.
Key words: Castor Seed Cake, cost- benefit,fungus treated, (WAD) goat