Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has challenged stakeholders in the livestock sector to join hands and channel more resources on research with a view to helping improve the sector in the country.
“I challenge our animal scientists, breeders, industrialists, livestock farmers, and entrepreneurs to commit more time and money to breeding in order to increase our yields and earn our dignity through being self-sufficient” Mr. Musyoka said when he officially opened the Brookside Livestock Breeders Show at Jamhuri Park, Nairobi.
The annual event sponsored by Brookside Dairies Company brings together seasoned and aspiring breeders and livestock farmers to share experiences and acquaint themselves with new trends in the industry. Mr. Musyoka asked researchers to come up with livestock breeds suited for the county’s diverse climatic conditions as a measure to transform the lives of thousands of small-scale dairy farmers in the country.
The Vice President said there is need to improve the country’s storage and preservation methodologies of meat and other animal products in order to cut down on losses or production glut that has been witnessed in the recent past. He said it is encouraging that animal breeders have recently been able to speed up the process of establishing the breeding value of a bull by using DNA know-how. ‘’
This development opens up new possibilities such as breeding dairy cows with small ecological footprint,’’ said Mr. Musyoka. The Vice President who is a livestock farmer commended Brookside Dairies Company for continually sponsoring the event, which he noted opened an opportunity for the farmers to better their animal husbandry.
Livestock Development Minister Dr. Mohammed Kuti regretted that climate change is becoming a major stumbling block to the development of the livestock sector in the country. He however assured livestock farmers that the government is exploring ways of assisting them cope with the effects of drought which have impacted negatively on the sector.
Brookside Dairies Company Executive Chairman Mr. Muhoho Kenyatta disclosed that the company plans to construct a milk powder plant besides extending its current production capacity for liquid milk at a cost of Ksh. 3.8 billion. Mr. Muhoho added that the milk producer has expanded into regional markets and is currently serving nine countries within the COMESA bloc and several markets in the Middle East and South East Asia.
Originally published by kassfm on http://www.kassfm.co.ke/news/business/1394-livestock-an-economic-booster
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