SUST Collaboration in Investment Horizons Forum in Ostrich Production
The General Secretariat of the Advisors Board in Ministry of Council of Ministers in collaboration with SUST and Ministry of Animal Resource and Fisheries, Khartoum State has Organized in Friendship Hall, "Investment Horizons Forum in Ostrich Production" which was attended by a great deal of ministers, executives, leaders, SUST staff, and experts from other universities. During the forum a number of papers were presented. SUST participated by presenting two papers. The first paper is about Ostrich Farms Management presented by Dr. Mohammed Altigani, associate professor in College of Agricultural Studies. Dr. Altigani discussed in his paper the ostrich habits, the conducive environment for ostrich breeding, the international situation for ostrich production industry and the economic value for the ostrich in terms of a variety of its products which are manifested in meats, eggs, fats, leathers and feathers. He also talked about how to form ostrich flock for reproduction, the good type of ostrich for purpose of the commercial production, the production performance criteria of ostrich, ostrich size and farms specifications in terms of the area and the technical aspects. Further, he presented a comprehensive description regarding ostrich nutrition, protection and its products i.e. eggs and hatcheries. Moreover, he cast light on the conducive environment conditions supporting the good productivity in addition to importance of existence of well-equipped abattoir for slaughtering of birds. He also added that marketing of the ostrich products needs strenuous efforts for promoting the ostrich products and their multiple properties, in terms of quality, type and quantity.
The second paper presented by Dr. Hamid Aqib Lecturer of College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production, talking the health problems and mortality rate in intensive breeding farms for ostrich, numerating the mortality rate of ostrich at their different age starting from chicks, grower in addition to mothers. He said that the most important reason behind mortality of chicks is: manifested in rickieitcia, new-castle disease, diarrhea infections, intensive compaction, eye infection, and frost. As for mortality of growers, the reasons are: intensive compaction, accidents and cannibalism by predators, while the reasons behind mortality of the female ostrich are manifested in septicemia, wounds infection, precarditis and intensive compaction. Furthermore, Dr. Hamid proposed a number of solutions to avoid causes of mortality: farms should be of appropriate area, seeking advice of foreign experts in the field and consideration of behavior of ostrich.
The forum was attended by a great deal of ministers, executives, leaders of SUST and other universities, experts and specialists in the field.