Kakamega to set up an AI station for pigs

Agriculture Counties Editor's Pick Kakamega

The Kenya Animal Genetic Resource Centre (KAGRC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the County Government of Kakamega to help them establish an Artificial Insemination (AI) station for pigs.

KAGRC Managing Director Dr. David Kios said the AI station for pigs will be the first one in the country and will supply semen across the nation.

He said the institution will boost the pig farming industry as currently pigs take long to reach the required market weight.

Speaking in Kakamega, Dr. Kios also said that KAGRC will support the county government in setting up a Liquid Nitrogen Plant to help them carry out AI services efficiently.

He urged Livestock farmers to utilize sexed semen from the Resource Centre so that their cattle can produce between 15 to 20 liters of milk.

At the same time, Dr. Kios said the Centre has introduced Goat AI to improve on goats to produce at least five liters of milk per day.

“This is critical especially for food security to the young ones and also as an income generation for women and the youth who keep goats. We currently have semen which we are introducing through the county government of Kakamega,” he assured.

By Moses Wekesa

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