Kenya:Migori registers breeders, hatcheries as poultry farm get ready

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The authorities say they want to ensure the production of quality chickens to supply the Sh25 million factory.
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Most of the farmers and organizations that started poultry projects stopped because of poor quality chickens.
The World Bank, under the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth, has launched a Sh25 million project in Nyailing’a village in Suna West.

Migori County registers hatcheries and poultry farmers ahead of Sh25 million processing plant opening.

Agriculture ministry officials, poultry farmers and officials from the new World Bank-financed poultry plant met on Friday to discuss the matter.

“Migori County has no registered poultry hatcheries and breeders, famous breeds also have agents who are not yet registered, that is why we have increased official and legal registration,” said Director of Livestock, Charles Nyaanga.

He said the result was that most of the farmers and organizations that started poultry projects withdrew because of poor quality chickens.

“Due to lack of license, we have illegal flocks that breed within breeding and it is difficult to trace the parent strain, which has resulted in high mortality, stunted growth and poor quality birds,” Nyaanga said.

In June last year, the World Bank under the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth (Narig) launched a Sh25 million project in Nyailing’a village in Suna West. The project targets rural communities in 21 districts, including Migori.

The Integrated Poultry, Cooperative and Rural Marketing Company will be entrusted with project management. Director John Okeyo said that within three months the machines would be roaring to live and their biggest pain point was the need for raw materials.

“We now have a solution for our ready-to-sell chickens especially for farmers who have complained about the market,” Okeyo said.

He said the plant will be able to process 400 chickens per hour, a fact that requires a large number of farmers.

“Our plan is that there should be a unit of ten farmers in the village, each rearing 30 birds that will be ready to harvest within three and a half months for about Sh1,000. That means there will be about a quarter of a million of them circulating there during this period,” Okeyo said.

Registration of hatcheries and breeders would help produce better and stronger chickens.

“As a local farmer who hatches and rears poultry, we welcome this because we source quality birds from Eldoret and Naivasha and the long distance means high mortality of day-old chicks during transport which can be as high as 50 per cent. ” said Grace Atieno, Chairperson of Chuodho Women Group.

The 26-member group was founded in 1986 and in 2014 acquired a hatchery for 250 eggs and 600 local chicken breeds to distribute to members.

“At the end of 2015, we realized that we were not making any profit, so we sold all the local chickens and bought 1,000 improved kienyeji birds, which started to increase our capacity,” said Atieno.

She said they soon acquired two incubators with a capacity of 4,600 hatchlings through which she hatched and sold day-old chicks to farmers.

“We realized that the long distance to get quality chickens is killing farmers’ dreams, so we have been taking eggs from our birds and outside, but we want to register because the local chicken processing plant will be a game changer,” she said.

Stakeholders reported that obtaining a license from the Directorate of Veterinary Services is difficult as it requires poultry buildings to be 50-100 meters away from other livestock with biosecurity provisions.

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