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CAB Reviews

A reviews journal covering agriculture, global health, nutrition, natural resources and veterinary science

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Nutritional value of bananas (Musaceae) wastes for ruminants.


The low availability and quality of forage during the dry season are the main problems faced by livestock keepers in the tropics and subtropics. One way to alleviate the problems is through the utilization of banana wastes (pseudo-stem, leaf and fruit peel) as feed for ruminants. To generate information useful for increasing the utilization of banana wastes for ruminant animals, research on dry matter (DM) potential and nutritional composition of banana wastes was identified in the literature. DM yield, crude protein, fibre, digestibility and degradability and mineral contents were elaborated and their relationship with DM intake, animal requirements and animal production are reviewed. Supplementation of banana wastes for optimum animal production is also described and discussed.