The Busia County Government has resorted to artificial insemination (A.I.) services in a bid to boost dairy farming and milk production.
Speaking during an AI exercise at Amukura central ward on Monday, area MCA, Moses Ouma said purchasing a few dairy animals for individuals was not sustainable; hence the need to adopt AI for increased milk production.
“To allocate shs.100, 000 to one person is not a viable project,” he said, adding that he opted to purchase liquid
nitrogen semen to improve the local breeds and later to pure breeds.
He added that he had partnered with the Department of Agriculture to carry out AI on 100 animals which will lead to high milk yields.
Ouma said the County currently experiences a shortage of 540, 000 litres in milk production.
The official hinted that he will factor more funds in the next financial year to inseminate more than 1,000 animals in his ward.
The county currently produces 60, 000 litres per year forcing the local residents to rely on milk imports from Uganda.
The Busia County Executive Committee Member of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Moses Osia thanked the MCA for sponsoring the project and urged other leaders to emulate him.
By Salome Alwanda