Quality feed key in livestock management


 

Nakuru County produced Sh8 billion worth of milk and this is expected to double in the next few years.

Deputy Governor Dr Erick Korir said proper animal husbandry is an integral part in the livestock subsector needed to increase milk production.

The subsector contributes about 12 percent of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 40 percent to the agricultural GDP and employs 50 percent of agricultural labor force.

“Field experience has shown that proper feeding can increase milk production by up to 40 percent,” said Dr Korir while officiating a fodder production field day at KARLO Beef Research Center in Lanet.

DG Dr Erick Korir and Agriculture CEC Dr Immaculate Njuthe is taken through a fodder making process during a farmers’ field day at KARLO, Lanet.

The event brought together individual farmers, organized groups, breeders, credit facilities, research institutions among stakeholders.

He said the County would offer free extension services, market produce and upgrade its rural roads to help farmers access established markets.

The Deputy Governor said the county would be holding such regular farmers’ field days across the county to educate farmers on modern farming methods.

County Executive Committee member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Dr Immaculate Maina said the timing of the event was deliberate to educate farmers fodder crop resilience during dry period.

“Farmers suffer when drought pops in. It’s time we embrace technology and proper farming methods to help mitigate the effects of drought and earn more,” the CEC said.

She said that over 77, 000 hectares was under pasture in Nakuru but only two varieties – Kikuyu and Rhode grass – and urged farmers to plant other fodder crops that include desmodium and brachiaria grass.

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