MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, FISHERIES & CROP MANAGEMENT.

  • Fertilizer cost-reduction investment in the whole county
  • Kenya Agricultural productivity and Agribusiness Project in the entire county Agricultural sector development support countywide
  • Water harvesting project for food security Establishment of fish hatchery in Central Division
  • Development of demonstration fish ponds in Trans Nzoia West
  • Fish farming enterprise and productivity program in the whole county Smallholder dairy commercialization project countywide
  • Hides and skins improvement countywide

THE DIRECTORATE OF LIVESTOK PRODUCTION-TRANS-NZOIA COUNTY.

The Directorate of Livestock Production belongs to the larger Department of Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative Development. The Directorate is headed by a Director, while the larger department is headed by a Chief Officer.

The mandate of the Directorate is promotion and facilitation of sustainable development of the livestock industry and providing efficient support services that increase productivity, value addition and market access for the sub-sector products through organized extension services. The Directorate is well represented at the County, Sub-county and Ward levels, although staff numbers are low.

Livestock Production in Trans Nzoia

Livestock production is a major economic and social activity in Trans Nzoia County. The leading livestock enterprise is dairy followed by poultry. Others include sheep, goats, honeybees and rabbits. The environment in the County is suitable for production of almost all types of livestock especially dairy where any type of dairy animal can do very well within the boundaries of this County.

The population of major livestock species is estimated at 19,000 zebu cattle, 170,500 grade and crosses, 117,000 sheep, 29,800 goats, 5,800 pigs, 664,200 indigenous chickens & 111,600 grade layers,other poultry 21,400, Bee hives: Log 4000, KTBH 5800 & Langstroth 4500 , 16,500 rabbits and 7030 donkeys.

To support Livestock enterprises the County Government has put in place various projects such as Milk Cooler programme, Rabbit Promotion and Indigenous Chicken Improvement. Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP-a National Project) is helping farmers earn more from their dairy farming through improved management and marketing.

The total milk production in the County is approximately 105,508,360 litres per year.

The milk industry is, however, dominated by small scale producers who account for 70% of the milk produced. These kind of farmers need constant advice from the extension service of Livestock Production staff. Other livestock products per year, are: Beef 1782MT; Eggs 13,936,300 No.; Honey 122.23MT; Poultry meat 36MT; Rabbit meat 1.9MT; Pork 1.6MT; Mutton 400MT and Chevon(Goat meat) 100MT. (MT= Metric Tonnes: 1MT=1000Kg)

The main challenges in Livestock Production is inadequate technical staff, lack of reliable transport, inadequate funding and fluctuation of product prices.

Waitaluk Dairy Coop.receiving the milk cooler

Waitaluk Dairy Coop.receiving the milk cooler

Livestock Production projects/programmes in Trans-NZOIA County.

(i)smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme(SDCP)- a National programme.

 Started 2006/2007 FY. Funding Agency: International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD) and GoK.

 SDCP Programme Goal:

To increase incomes of the poor rural households that depend substantially on production and trade of dairy products for their livelihoods.

Programme Purposes

  • Improving the financial returns to market oriented production and trade activities by small operators.
  • Enabling more rural households create employment and benefit from expanded opportunities for market oriented dairy activities.

Programme coverage.

The programme covers three Dairy Commercialization Areas (DCAs):

-Endebess DCA (DCA 1) in Endebess Constituency.

-Kiminini DCA (DCA 2) in Kiminini Constituency

-Waitaluk DCA (DCA 3) in Kiminini Constituency

 Beneficiaries: 62 groups, 2,212 farmers( 845M, 1367F)

Note: The Programme also runs a Dairy Goats Programme for vulnerable members of the community such as widows.

Programme Achievements at a glance:

Note: The Programme also runs a Dairy Goats Programme for vulnerable members of the community such as widows. Programme Achievements at a glance:

S/No Item/Activity Results/

Achievement

Remarks
1. FODDER(NAPIER) BULKING 5 sites established Eased access to fodder planting materials for 125 farmers
2. ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION (AI) SCHEMES 3 established –1 per DCA Operational. So far 2,550 inseminations done and 2,271 calves (1022 heifers, 1249 bulls) born.

 

3. CATTLE REGISTRATION 740 cows registered with Kenya Stud Book This is the first step of adding value to animals
4. FORAGE PRODUCTION,CONSERVATION & UTILIZATION 150 Ha of improved pastures & fodders established:

-5950 Tonnes of hay conserved per year

-106 Tonnes of silage made per year

Has improved feed utilization during dry season thus helped maintain milk production
5. BIOGAS 10 units constructed: 7 functional, 2 being filled.

35 other farmers have adopted and constructed on their own farms

Has helped reduce dependence on wood fuel- thus helping conserve the environment.
6. FORAGE CHOPPERS 6 multipurpose forage choppers given to DCAs and groups that benefited from the Grants. These have improved utilization of crop residues like maize stovers within the DCAs and groups.
7. DAIRY GOATS 211(191 does, 20 bucks) supplied to the poor and vulnerable (esp. widows) -Improved livelihoods among the poor and vulnerable-better nutrition through milk (up to 1Ltr per goat per day), income from the sale of milk and breeding stock, better housing built from dairy goat proceeds.

-Improved social status among the poor and the vulnerable

 

8. MILK VALUE ADDITION

 

9 milk bars started by the groups Operational
9. FEED MIXERS 2 purchased by one group through the grant Feeds mixed and sold to members and other farmers.
10. HAY BARN 1 put up in one group for storing hay for sale to farmers 1st crop has just realized 360 bales of hay
11. MILK COOLERS 1 minicoolers-300Lts in operation in one of the groups Group already doing value addition-making yorghut
12. DEEP FREEZERS 3 for the 3 Cooperatives Being used to improve on the shelf life of the members’ milk
13. BATCH PASTEURIZER 1 in one group through the grant The group-Ng’ombe Safi CBO in Waitaluk DCA is already pasteurizing their milk and now have a sales outlet in Kitale Town.
14. DAIRY COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES 3 formed, 1 per DCA, 2 already have registration certificates, 1 is still awaiting the certificate

 

PHOTOS OF SDCP ACTIVITIES

 

Kiungani Dairy-DCA 2-Kiminini


Hay making -Tesnet Women Group-Endebbes -DCA 1

Hay making -Tesnet Women Group-Endebbes -DCA 1


Dairy Goats-for the Vulnerables

Dairy Goats-for the Vulnerables


Dairy in NG'OMBE SAFI-CBO-DCA 3 Waitaluk.

Dairy in NG’OMBE SAFI-CBO-DCA 3 Waitaluk.


Milk Coolers being delivered to Dairy Coops. (2)

Milk Coolers being delivered to Dairy Coops. (2)


Feed mixing in Gaa Seiyot Women Group-Endebbes DCA 1

Feed mixing in Gaa Seiyot Women Group-Endebbes DCA 

(ii).Milk Value Addition & Market Access Programme(Milk Coolers Programme).- a County Project.

Started: 2013/2014 FY

Goal: To enable milk producers bulk and sell bigger volumes of milk. Every Ward to be given one cooler(final total to be 25 coolers).

Beneficiaries:Ten(10) Dairy Cooperatives/Groups, two(2) per constituency have benefited by being given one Milk cooler of either 1000 or 1200Lts capacity.

 

PHOTOS OF SOME COOLERS

 

Waitaluk Dairy Coop.receiving the milk cooler

Waitaluk Dairy Coop.receiving the milk cooler

 (iii).Dairy Productivity(Dairy Feeding) project- a County Project

Started: 2014/2015 FY

Goal: To hold dairy feeding demonstrations to teach farmers proper and quality feeding for their dairy cattle for improved milk production.

Beneficiaries: Dairy Groups within the Wards plus all other dairy farmers.

Note: The project did not take off during the year, it is expected to continue during FY 2015/2016.

 

(iv).Improved Indigenous Chicken promotion- a County Project.

Started: 2014/2015 FY

Goal: To improve household income of farmer groups.

Beneficiaries: Women and Youth Groups (50 groups).

600 Day-old-chicks of improved Indigenous Chicken are to be given to each group to be reared for sale.

Note: The Chicks are to be acquired this FY 2015/2016.

 

(v).Rabbit Promotion

Started: 20-13/2014 FY

Goal: to improve household income of farmers with very small pieces of land.

 

Bondeni farmers group members receiving rabbits  from Trans Nzoia county government in the county rabbit program.

Bondeni farmers group members receiving rabbits from Trans Nzoia county government in the county rabbit programme


Bondeni farmers group member receiving rabbit  from Trans Nzoia county government in the county rabbit program

Bondeni farmers group member receiving rabbit from Trans Nzoia county government in the county rabbit programme


Bondeni farmers group members receiving rabbits  from Trans Nzoia county government in the county rabbit program.

Bondeni farmers group members receiving rabbits from Trans Nzoia county government in the county rabbit programme


Bondeni farmers group members receiving rabbits  from Trans Nzoia county government in the county rabbit program.

Bondeni farmers group member receiving rabbit from Trans Nzoia county government in the county rabbit programme

Beneficiaries: Initial plan-50 groups(1000 farmers).

Currently 10 groups(200 farmers) already given the rabbits and rearing them.(2 groups per constituency).

Note: the 10 groups have been brought into operation in FYs 2013/14-2014/15.

 


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