16 June 2017

Kenya: Uhuru Opens Sh125 Million Plant for Preserving Livestock Semen in Sotik

President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday opened a Sh125 million animal resource centre at Sotik, Bomet County, to boost livestock production.

The liquid nitrogen plant, set up by the national government through the Kenya Animal Genetic Resource Centre, produces 50 litres of the key ingredient for preservation of livestock semen used in artificial insemination.

The animal resource centre, which serves 16 counties, including Kericho, Kisii and Migori also operates as a semen bank.

Speaking at the event, President Kenyatta said his administration recognised agriculture as one of the key sectors of the economy and would continue to invest heavily in it.

Improve breeds

The President, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, pointed out that the new liquid nitrogen plant would ensure that farmers from the region can easily improve their livestock breeds at an affordable price.

"We are implementing all these initiatives because we want to improve production and lift the lives of farmers," President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta said the opening of the liquid nitrogen plant in Sotik heralds a new income-generating opportunity for the youth where they can use motorcycles to supply AI products to farmers.

The President, who was campaigning for the Jubilee government in the area, said Sh80 million had been factored in the budget to upgrade the Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) factory in Sotik to provide market for dairy farmers.

He pledged to reduce the price of a bag of fertiliser to Kshs1,200 by December.

The President called on residents of Bomet County vote for Jubilee in August so that the ongoing projects are not derailed.


Cereals Board Bought Infected Maize - Audit

Maize infected with aflatoxin could soon find its way into the market after an internal audit on the Sh1.9 billion maize… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 The Nation. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.