Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya has issued 48 gala goats to farmers of Tsimba Golini ward, in Matuga Sub County during a ceremony at the Kwale County Headquarters.
Governor Mvurya said his administration is committed to making sure livestock farming is prospering in the county.
Mvurya who was flanked by the County Executive for Agriculture and Livestock Joanne Nyamasyo urged the beneficiaries to utilise the animals to better their local breeds and not to sell them off.
He noted that the gala goats’ donation is one of the agriculture value chain programmes aimed at increasing ‘productivity and profitability’ in the region.
“I have allocated Sh 9 million for the construction of a modern slaughter house in Kwale town and if you improve your breeds through these gala goats you have received, you will be able to fetch better prices when the facility is ready,” said Mvurya.
The county boss said the agricultural empowering programme will continue until farmers in Kwale can take to the market bigger and better animals that will help them earn more.
“We look forward to having animal breeds which will change the livestock business in the county,” he said.
The two-term Governor said for the last six years his administration has been issuing high breed goats and the benefits are vivid.
“Today the prices of our goats have improved owing to this breed exchange programme for both our cattle and goats,” he said.
The Governor said goat farming is a major part of agricultural activities in the region as they play a significant role in the local economy, food security, and livelihoods of farmers.
By Raymond Zaka and Hussein Abdullahi