The Nakuru County Government has launched the breed improvement program. The programme includes 100 Sahiwal and Boran bulls, 130 Dorper Rams and 130 Galla goat bucks.
This is among Governor Lee Kinyanjui initiatives in helping farmers upgrade their local animals and increase beef production in lower zones of Rongai and Subukia Sub-Counties.
42 breeding bulls which include Sahiwals and Borans have already been distributed to Waseges and Soin Wards with each receiving 16 and 26 animals respectively.
The Ksh. 15 million program is aimed at improving the local breeds of animals in order to improve livestock productivity, food security and farm income.
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries CECM, Dr. Immaculate Maina, who launched the distribution program on behalf of Governor Lee Kinyanjui, said the breeds will go a long way in helping farmers boost their breeds and beef production in the County.
She added that the County will set aside Kshs. 100,000 for the vaccination of the bulls against East Coast Fever (ECF) and provide farmers with training on the management of the animals.
The county government of has been engaging in various initiatives aimed at improving the livestock sector and making it more economically viable including organizing of livestock caution markets.
The county has been carrying out vaccination drives fro animals across the eleven sub-counties with Sh 7 million having been set aside for the same