Written by Joseph Amunya Otieno
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Likuyani district livestock production officer Mr. Joash Sirengo Wanyonyi addressing farmers Photo/Joseph Amunya
Farmers in Likuyani District of Kakamega County have been advised to take keen interest in poultry and dairy goat farming in order to enhance their livelihood and improve living standards.
Addressing various groups of farmers in the district, area District Livestock and Production Officer, Mr. Joash Sirengo Wanyonyi, said that poultry and dairy goat farming had been identified among those economically paying projects for small scale farmers.
Noting that one neither requires a large tract of land nor huge capital to invest in poultry farming, Mr. Wanyonyi encouraged farmers owning smaller portions of land to shift and engage in this system of farming.
Assuring farmers of availability of market for poultry farming products, Mr. Wanyonyi also took the opportunity to thank the government for setting aside Sh 25 million for construction of a poultry processing plant at Chwele in Bungoma County.
He appealed to farmers from western to capitalize on this godsend opportunity by producing many chicken, enough to sustain the new poultry factory.
The livestock officer reiterated his ministry’s commitment towards addressing various challenges facing livestock farmers countrywide, adding that officers from his department were currently visiting farmers in the area sensitizing them on the best poultry and dairy goat farming practices.
On dairy goat farming, Mr. Wanyonyi encouraged farmers to rear dairy goats alongside dairy cows, saying that at the moment goat milk goat was a much sought after commodity due to its ability to tame HIV/AIDS viruses in the human body.
He further added that whereas cow milk was selling at an average of Sh30 a litre, goat milk was going at between Sh 70 and Sh120 in the area, thus making goat dairy farming more profitable.
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