TropiSymposium 2017

TropiSymposium 2017

Nigerian Poultry Feeds Research and Development

(Actors on Cost Effective Quality Feed Production Knowledge Delivery to Nigerian Poultry Industry)

School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, PMB 1526 Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria


TropiSymposium 2017


The Nigerian Poultry Feeds Research for Development (NIPOFERD) Consortium is pleased to announce the TropiSymposium 2017 event. This will be a two­ day event focused on the current scientific knowledge and technology developments on the use of palm kernel meal and cake in animal production. Scientists, postgraduate students, end users and experts from social, natural, environmental, animal and veterinary sciences etc are encouraged to submit abstracts and participate in the TropiSymposium 2017.



The science and technology of palm kernel cake utilization in animal production



Start: Thursday, December 7, 2017

End: Friday, December 8, 2017



The Research Tropica Forum of the Nigerian Poultry Feeds Research for Development (NIPOFERD) Consortium, domiciled in the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT), Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.




At a venue in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

(To be announced later)


Professor I. Charles Okoli

Department of Animal Science and Technology,

School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology,

Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria


Telephone:  +234 (0) 805 312 7006, 08174574126 (Mob.)

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Format of Symposium

The symposium will be facilitated by the Nipoferd Consortium innovation facilitator (IF), who usually would facilitate interactions, discussions, and knowledge sharing between the participants during the symposium that will include;

  • Plenary presentations on research findings, evidence based cases, experiences, and practices.
  • Question and answer sessions and discussions after each presentation
  • Content reflection exercise at the end of each day of the symposium
  • Evaluation of the symposium by participants using impact survey questionnaires


Symposium Outputs Documentation and Dissemination

The symposium proceedings will be documented in real time using visual media such as photographs and videos, which will be streamed on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Nipoferd blog. Key presentations and discussions will be compiled into a report, which subsequently will be published as print and e books. One thousand copies of the book (print copy) will be produced and distributed to stakeholders at relevant agricultural events. The visual media outputs (pictures and videos) will be hosted at the Research Tropica website and the NIPOFERD home page of the PAEPARD website and linked to AgTube and YouTube for wider coverage.


Additional information on TropiSymposium 2017

Participation in the symposium is free of charge. However, travel and accommodation expenses for the visit to Owerri will be borne by the participants, while lunch and retrenchments will be provided by the organizers during the two-day event. It is planned that about 20 presentations by 15 to 20 participants will be made during the symposium.


Background Information

Modern intensive animal production is input driven, with formulated diets accounting for 60 – 70% of the cost of production. However, high costs of conventional feed raw materials and commercially finished rations are major constraints of intensive animal production in Nigeria and many tropical developing countries. The rising demand for maize and other grains for other industrial uses and the attendant high cost of these important feed raw materials have been severally reported. The solution, therefore, has been to explore through research, the use of locally available alternative feed raw materials such as palm kernel meal and cake.

Palm kernel cake (PKC), obtained from palm fruit (Elaeis guinesis), is an agro-industrial by-product derived from the local processing of palm nuts for vegetable oil in Nigeria and many tropical countries. It is readily available and cheap, particularly in Southern Nigeria. There has also been a dramatic increase in global production of PKC with annual growth of 15% amounting to about 8.2 million metric ton in 2012. Industry adapted processing methods include a solvent or hydraulic press which accounts for the variations in its biochemical compositions. It is aflatoxin free, palatable, and has considerable potential as carbohydrate, fiber and protein source.


However, chemical analysis of PKC shows that its nutrient content varies widely, depending upon the oil extraction process, the species of the palm nut and the amount of shell content remaining in the meal. It has therefore been used as a moderate source of protein and energy in different livestock such as dairy cow, pig, rabbit, laying hen and broiler chickens. Recently, several studies employing enzyme treatment and solid-state fermentation of the PKC have been carried out to enhance the nutrient content of PKC for poultry digestion and inclusion level enhancement. For example, enzymic depolymerization of PKC has been employed to release digestible and absorbable sugars for poultry, while supplementation with specific enzymes has resulted in appreciable break down of mannans in PKC. Other findings suggest that PKC could replace commercial Manno-oligosaccharides as a prebiotic to improve animal health and immunity. It is, therefore, our belief that research knowledge developed on the better processing of PKC to value added products feed formulation and production could be harnessed under an interactive knowledge exchange environment for transfer to end users in order to scale up the use of PKC in the Nigerian livestock industry and beyond.


Objective of the Symposium

The symposium has the general objective of harnessing research information on recent developments leading to more efficient PKC utilization in the livestock industry.

The key objectives of the workshops are to;

  1. Share research information and practical experiences on recent developments on PKC utilization in animal production
  2. Enhance the capacity of participants on the science and technological innovations involved in the development of new products from PKC and their uses in animal production
  3. Identify key challenges and bottlenecks that may hinder the scaling‐up of the use of PKC derived products in animal production
  4. Enhance an enduring network of PKC researchers


Instructions for Writing Abstract

Abstracts of original studies containing clearly stated objectives, materials and methods, relevant results and conclusions/recommendations should be prepared according to the following instructions;



Font: Times New Roman, bold, size 12 UPPERCASE, centered. The title should not exceed maximum three lines.



Font: Times New Roman, size 12, centered. Please write surnames in UPPERCASE letters. Please mark the corresponding author with an asterisk. Name(s) and surname (s) of the author(s) set below the title, with one line space between.



Font: Times New Roman, size 10, centered.


Text of Abstract

The length of the abstract should not exceed 350 words.

Font: Times New Roman, size 12, justified alignment, single spacing.



Please write them below the text of abstract, with one line space between

(max. 5 keywords). Italic,

Font: Times New Roman, size 12.


Abstracts should be submitted to or

Intending authors can submit a maximum of two abstracts.

Dead line for abstract submission is 1st of November 2017.

Positively reviewed abstracts will be announced by 10th November 2017 and will be invited for presentation at the symposium.

Authors of selected abstracts will be requested to submit their full papers by 25th of November 2015.

Overall, 15 to 20 papers will be shortlisted for presentation at the symposium.

For further information please visit the website:

Instructions for Writing Full Papers

Papers should be written in English. Full papers should not exceed a maximum of 20 pages.

Full papers should be submitted to the following e-mail address: or


Full papers should not exceed maximum 20 pages, format A4.

For paper writing, authors should use Times New Roman size 12, single spacing and the margins aligned (justified alignment).

Full papers have to be submitted only in doc. or docx formats and should be structured as follows:

The title, Author(s), Affiliation (s), Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement (if any) and References.


For these headings, use font Times New Roman, size 12, centered, bold, without numbering. For any subtitles use the same design, except bold option (regular).


Captions should be written above tables and below figures (e.g. graphs, illustrations, charts, and photos). Tables and figures have to fit the page margins. Table content should be separated by the minimum set of horizontal lines. Font size should be adjusted to the table content. Figures can be submitted in color.


Acknowledgement, if any, should be put between the conclusion and references.


Used literature should be listed in alphabetical order, hanging 0.5cm.


Journal: Surname, initials of the author‘s name /co-authors’ names (year of publication). Paper title, the name of journal, Vol. (No.), pages (from – to).


Proceedings: Surname, initials of the author‘s name /co-authors’ Names, (year of publication). Paper title, Proceedings title, publisher, place of publication, page (from – to).

Book: Last name, initials of the author‘s name /co- author’s names (year of publication). Title of book, publisher, place of publication.


Web Site: Please indicate the full address and date of access to the website, e.g. Accessed on 05/10/2012.


Full papers should be submitted to the following e-mail address: or not later than 25th November 2017.

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