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    West Java Develops Indigofera Animal Fooder

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    BANDUNG-West Java Provincial Government will develop animal fodder through Indigofera species plants. The types of Indigofera plants are believed to be quickly cultivated and has a high nutritional content for the growth of farm animals.

    West Java will develop these plants for animal feed cattle and goats with the aim to increase meat production in West Java. "In the future, God willing, Indigofera will be clump of trees, forage that will be used to farm in West Java," said West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan (Aher) after he received a presentation of Indigofera from Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) in Manglayang Room Gedung Sate, Jl. Diponegoro No. 22, Bandung on Thursday (06.10.16).

    Indigofera is a type of legume fodder, trees that have high nutrient comes from Papua. The average height of the trees Indigofera being but has a dense leaves and can be produced a lot.

    "God willing this Indigofera will lower the cost of production. So one hectare Indigofera enough for ten cows, whereas the usual one hectare of grass just enough for a cow. This means highly productive and efficient," said Aher.

    This tree will be used for the development of animal fodder in West Java, especially large-scale livestock like cows. It will also have an impact on increasing the production of beef in West Java, where West Java targeting 50% fulfillment of the meat produced independently.

    Indigofera is divided into three classes. First quality, this plant can be harvested only its the leaves at the age of one month. Second quality, section of Indigofera tree can be taken their leaves and stems which are small, while the third quality is Indigofera plants can be harvested every two months taken leaves and stems. The difference of these three classes, namely from its protein content, quality 1-containing protein 31, Quality 2 protein 26-27, and Quality 3 with protein 20.

    The Plant which is finding by Prof. Luki Abdullah from IPB, will be developed in the nine-point artificial land area in West Java such as Subang, Banjaran, Ciletuh, Cikadu, Rancabango, Cijeunjing, Majalengka, Jatigede, and Indramayu. The land area of this pilot will reach 40 hectares and will be inhabited by around 400 cows.

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