Poultry farmers are likely to experience a spike in the pricing of poultry feeds as raw materials become a rare commodity.
The Association of Kenya Feed Manufacturers has stated that suppliers and millers will resort to importation to sustain the supply.
“As a result of the ongoing severe shortage of raw materials for making animal feeds, please be informed that we are (AKEFEMA) Pursuing suppliers and millers to make use of alternative ingredients such as poultry meal, fish meal, corn gluten etc in order to bridge the gap occasioned by the shortage of soya,” the official statement reads.
The lobby body further says that it has resolved to vigorously, structurally and constructively engage the media to inform and update the public(farmers) on the solutions being fast-tracked to address the situation.
AKEFEMA says it has continued to aggressively engage the State Department of Livestock and other agencies & stakeholders to help address the shortage including but not limited to taxation support and lifting of the ban on importation of GMOs Soyabean Meal and (Yellow) Maize.
Poultry farming in Kenya is a fast-growing occupation in Kenya with a lot of farmers crossing over to commercial farming from the traditional domestic form. It is mostly practised on a small-scale, and predominantly for domestic consumption.
Kenya poultry farmers raise domesticated birds such as chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese, producing meat and eggs with chicken being predominant
Small numbers rear other types of birds. Some farmers specialise in rearing chickens for meat only (broilers), while others focus on egg production (layers); and yet others specialise in rearing the Kienyeji type.