A Sh 62 million hatchery will soon be set up at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) in Kakamega county for breeding improved indigenous chicks.
The construction is to begin in the next two months and is being funded by the European Union.
The facility will be the first of its kind in the western region and would avail quality chicks to the farmers.
Speaking while presiding over the ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday, KALRO Director General (DG) Dr Eliud Kireger said the project will improve livelihoods of the people.
“The improved indigenous chicks are not only good for eggs production but also for chicken delicacy,” he said.
Dr Kireger observed that the facility is a viable investment as there is a high demand for poultry products in the region.
The DG added that most of the eggs consumed in the region come from Uganda and he challenged residents to seize the opportunity an increase poultry keeping for more income.
By Sammy Mwibanda