Dolichos beans is a prostrate, twining, herbaceous annual/ biennial crop. It is a summer legume crop with a well-developed taproot system. It is a dual purpose crop; pulse grains (human food) or forage (animal food) utilised by grazing it or in a cut-and-carry system.
Eragrostis Teff grass is an annual hay grass. On occasions it is used for grazing as well. It is very leafy and has fine stems. This makes it an excellent grass for hay production. Eragrostis Teff grass is quick to establish, and can be ready for hay making within 65 – 75 days.
Japanese Radish is an annual temperate root crop. This rout is cultivated for forage, and it has a thickened taproot that makes out the bulk of the production. It is conventionally utilised as grazing (sheep, goats or cattle), or alternatively fed to animals after uprooting it.
Lucerne/Alfalfa is a perennial legume used as a forage crop. The leafy nature ensures a palatable, nutrient rich food source, which is why it is often referred to as “the queen of forage crops”. Its deep taproot system makes it especially resistant to drought, requiring rainfall as low as 400 mm per annum.