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Table 4 The feed acquisition and storage practices among selected poultry farmers and feed processors

From: Awareness of mycotoxins and occurrence of aflatoxins in poultry feeds and feed ingredients in selected regions of Uganda

 CategoryResponseFrequency (%) n = 44
Storage PracticesReasons for stock piling feed/ingredientsPreparation for period of scarcity26 (59.1)
Favourable/lower prices16 (36.4)
Others (own harvest)2 (4.5)
Average duration of storage<  1 month26 (59.1)
>  1 month18 (40.9)
Form storedIndividual ingredients, especially maize bran36 (81.8)
Mixed8 (18.2)
Quantity stored (kg)< 10018 (40.9)
100–100033 (75.0)
> 10003 (6.8)
Structure of storage areaRaised platform12 (27.3)
On floor32 (72.7)
Ever encountered storage problemsYes39 (88.6)
No5 (11.4)
Storage problem managementFumigation31 (70.5)
Proper drying9 (20.5)
Binder4 (9.1)
Practice First in-First outYes12 (27.3)
No32 (72.7)
Feed Purchasing PracticesFeed SourceLocal supplier7 (15.9)
Commercial processor26 (59.1)
Other11 (25.0)
Ingredient sourceSmall scale feed traders in Kisenyi14 (31.8)
Local miller/supplier13 (29.5)
Local Processor/agent8 (18.2)
Other9 (20.5)
Quality determination methodSource from reliable source2 (4.5)
Inspect for foreign objects16 (36.4)
Appearance, not moldy8 (18.2)
Moisture check (subjective)17 (38.6)
Other1 (2.3)
Source from same supplierYes5 (11.4)
No25 (56.8)
Other (price influence)14 (31.8)