The Star (Nairobi)

15 March 2012

Kenya: Trans Nzoia Dairy Farmers Advised

Dairy farmers in Trans Nzoia county have been urged to embrace new technology to increase their yields and make profits.

District Livestock officer Faith Gitahi said farmers should feed their animals well and use artificial insemination not only to increase the amount of milk produced, but also to maintain healthy animals.

Gitahi made the remarks in her office yesterday while giving a report on how training from her department has yielded fruits to farmers in the area. "Farmers who have embraced what we have been teaching them in our training have benefited a lot," said Gitahi. She urged farmers to also rear dairy goats saying most farmers in the area thought the environment was not good for the animals.

She was happy that after the government and other agricultural partners gave out a few goats to groups in the area, the goats have multiplied and at least every member has a goat. The officer encouraged other farmers to join groups saying the ministry of livestock can easily help people in groups compared to individuals. Gitahi said:"we are also telling farmers to plant nappier grass to feed on their animals because nappier is nutritious"

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