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Livestock keepers had to join forces to fill, press and bind alfalfa into bales before Abdullah’s fodder press creation. ©FAO/Andrea Thiodour

One Syrian gives his community a non-traditional helping hand


A Syrian livestock keeper’s invention helps his neighbours maintain their income for the winter months.

“I'm offering the use of my fodder press free of charge to anyone who needs it,” states Abdullah Bilal Tobal, a smallholder livestock keeper from Tal Hasel in the Aleppo Governorate of northwestern Syria. “If any of my neighbors wants a machine like this, I'd be happy to make it for them.”

Abdullah got an innovative idea after attending one of FAO’s Farmer Field Schools (FFS), where he and other livestock keepers learned how to compress dried alfalfa into bales to preserve it so they can feed their cows in the winter.

“We used to feed our animals with green alfalfa in the summer, and we threw away the surplus when summer ended. At the [Farmer Field] school, we learned how to avoid this loss by harvesting alfalfa every 20 to 30 days, drying it and then compressing it into bales using a hand-held box to store the fodder for the winter season.”

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