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C.A.S LIVESTOCK URGES PASTORALIST TO PRACTICE MODERN FARMING METHODS IN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY FOR BETTER MARKET PRICES

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C.A.S LIVESTOCK URGES PASTORALIST TO PRACTICE MODERN FARMING METHODS IN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY FOR BETTER MARKET PRICES

Livestock keepers from   pastoral communities in the North Rift region have been advised to engage in modern livestock methods in animal husbandry in bid to increase yields.

Chief administrative Secretary for Livestock Ms Linah Chebii Kilimo  said that the ministry has come up with different methods to improve livestock production to ensure a major boost in profit from meat and milk production.

Speaking during the commissioning of  Kishaunet Livestock Market and Tampalal cattle dip funded by  the y World Bank in collaboration with the County Government of West Pokot    Chebii called on cattle keepers to embrace artificial insemination adding that they need to introduce weighing of   livestock  in sale  yards to ensure farmers benefit from their animals rather than being exploited by middlemen and livestock traders.

The C.A.S   noted that the   government has allocated enough funds to improve livestock production in the country which is a major income earner in the region.

She said that the Kenya animal Genetic research institute stores semen and farmers get it  at cheaper prices and they working in making sure that it’s availability is within the reach of keepers.

The CAS  urged farmers to cross breed their animals to improve production of meat and milk as well ensure their is enough fodder for livestock by planting them since huge junks of land has been left idle.

Ms Chebii  said that county government is doing spirited campaign through offering capacity building ,sensitization to farmers to gains  modern skills and no  how to breed  local livestock.

West pokot governor Prof John  Lonyangapuo   observed that the county government has intensified breeding of sahiwal cows  and galla goats in  supplying species to farmers in the county.

He   added that the county government  sets aside a  budget every financial year  and  distributing  gall goats    in ASAL  parts of the county .

Lonyangapuo said  that farmers need to  embrace value addition to their animals and use social media to market their livestock for them   to fetch good prices.

Lonyangapuo said that the County has set up four sale yards and they will continue in frequent livestock vaccination to become disease free region.

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