Kwale County donates large breed cattle to farmers – Kenya News Agency
Smallholder farmers in Kwale County will benefit from the quality livestock distributed by the county government.
Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya said the Decentralized Unit initiative is designed as a “ladder out of poverty” for small herders through improved milk and meat production to stimulate the generation of income.
Governor Mvurya, who oversaw the distribution of 50 beef cattle and 20 heifers to pastoralists, said the main objective of the project spread across the 20 neighborhoods is to help improve the dairy herd in terms of number and size. quality of meat and milk production.
He urged beneficiaries to take good care of the animals by forming interest groups to share best practices.
The calves are a “transmission” of farmers who received dairy cattle last year as part of a program launched by the decentralized unit since 2014 that has benefited hundreds of farmers in the coastal county.
Mvurya embarked on the exercise which started at the Ukunda Exhibition Center for the Ukunda and Gombato districts before going to Kanana and the Mrima Polytechnic in the Pongwe-Kikoneni district, in Mwalewa and Vanga in the district of Vanga and in the districts of Puma and Mackinnon Road.
“Our desire is to enable farmers to produce good quality and quantity meat and milk from their cattle by improving dairy and cattle breeds,” he said, adding that many farmers are enjoying today. ‘Dairy products thanks to the distribution program while their animal stocks have also improved, ”noted Mvurya.
The county boss said the livestock distribution project will increase milk and meat production, farmers’ incomes in the long run, in addition to ensuring food and nutritional security for beneficiaries.
The two-term governor said he was determined to address challenges affecting dairy production with the aim of transforming dairy farming into a vibrant sector that contributes to the local economy.
“We have tasked the veterinarians in our department to serve the farmers free of charge to ensure that they do not incur high costs for taking care of their animals,” he said.
By Hussein Abdullahi