Uasin Gishu County is up-scaling breeding of high-quality livestock at a farmers’ training center (FTC) in to be availed to North Rift farmers at affordable rates in an annual auction.
“The breeding will be enhanced at Chebararwa FTC and local farmers will be given an opportunity to buy and use them to upgrade their livestock breeds,” said Governor Jackson Mandago speaking during a ground breaking ceremony for to construct a cattle dip at the centre.
The governor noted that Chebararwa FTC has the capacity to produce high grade breeds of dairy and beef cows, toggenburg goats and dorper sheep that will enable farmers to improve their indigenous breeds andenhance their incomes.
“There is high demand for quality livestock. breedsThe agriculture department will enhance breeding stock at Chabararwa FTC to be availed to farmers through an annual auction to enable them improve their indigenous breeds,” said Mandago.
The governor said the breeding centre’swould in future make the breeds more affordable.
“Our role is to make quality breeds more accessible and transform the farmers economic status. We have enough breeding livestock and are working to ensure they are affordable to our farmers, in Uasin Gishu and adjacent counties in the North Rift,” he added.
He also attended an auction of dairy and beef cows, goats and sheep at the same institution which he said would he turned into an annual event.
“In addition to production of high-grade breeds of livestock, Chebararwa FTC offers training to farmers, and we urge them to utilise the facility. The training and sale of livestock is not restricted to Uasin Gishu. We encourage farmers from other counties in the region to take advantage of services offered by the institution,” he said.
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Mandago congratulated farmers from the semi-arid Kerio region who had bought livestock breeds that are resistant to drought.
“It is encouraging to see farmers from dry regions came for breeds that are more tolerant to their climatic conditions,” said Mandago.
The governor also said the centre would diversify into production of coffee, avocado and macadamia.
“We want to make Chabararwa FTC a centre of excellence in production of coffee, avocado and macadamia. We advise farmers to venture into commercial production of these crops to enhance their earnings,” he said