By our correspondent
Migori Kenya 29 sept 2021…..Livestock production officers in Migori County have launched a program to foster poultry farming in the area to bridge the shortage of eleven million chickens.
Kuria East sub county Livestock production officer, William Odidi said the demand for chickens in the area annually is fifteen million chickens but poultry farmers produce only four million for consumption.
He said the Food Agricultural Organization ( FAO) has partnered with counties to bridge the gap and enhance poultry value chain and farmers’ incomes.
Odidi, flanked by county Livestock Director, Charles Ogechi, Rongo sub county Agricultural officer, Soita Lumala , John Minganyi, community coach and youth leader Robi Sprina were speaking at Agricultural Training centre yesterday after a two-week training of 40 trainers on poultry and Soya farming sponsored by FAO.
“The World Bank would support setting up poultry abattoirs in the county and I challenge farmers to rear at least five hundred birds to foster nutrition and alleviate poverty” Odidi said.
Lumala, who closed the Training, urged the trainers to train farmers in local languages to enable them acquire skills to boost poultry and farming in Migori county.
He appealed to the agricultural extension officers and coaches to train groups of farmers to adopt modern farming techniques under the farmer business school model.
Minganyi, a farmers coach in Kuria West said the county has a high potential in the production of soya, adding it can be used as animal and supplement feeds for chicken.
“ Soya is a horticultural crop with a lot of nutritional value. It is economical to grow and its demand is high locally and in foreign markets” Minganyi said.
The officer said Migori county has started contracting famers in clusters to boost soya production and is linking them to chain marketing and factories for value addition to increase their earnings.
Sprina appealed to youths to embrace soya and poultry farming to be self-reliant and urged them to seek loans from village savings and credit cooperative societies and invest in the farming.
She noted some educated youths had negative attitudes towards farming and challenged them to change it and embrace farming instead of waiting for scarce white-collar jobs.