Poultry farmers in Migori County have received training on poultry rearing and vaccination as part of the county’s efforts to meet the high consumption of poultry meat in the region.
The two-weeks training was held in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and focused on commercialisation of poultry farming and provision of linkages to ready markets.
Speaking to the press at the Agriculture Training College (ATC) on the outskirts of Kisii town, Migori County Director for Livestock Charles Nyaanga said the county was working with FAO to support poultry enterprises by training farmers and provide linkages in the marketing system.
“This is a concept under the Farmer Business School whereby groups are going to be trained under the trainees who have been trained here for these two weeks,” Nyaanga said.
Livestock Production Officer for Kuria East, William Odidi noted the overall demand for poultry consumption in Migori is about 15 million against the current production which stands at 4 million.
“We want to bridge the gap and promote poultry enterprise through developing poultry value chain and emphasising on commercialisation of poultry in the entire Migori county,” said Odidi.
The Livestock Officer pointed out that poultry farming will not only address nutritional value among residents but also provide income to farmers in the county.
He said the future of poultry enterprises is bright because the county had already constructed a chicken slaughter house that will process 300 birds per hour.
Odidi urged farmers to engage in poultry farming saying that it will earn them income and help alleviate poverty in the region.
By Mercy Osongo