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RESTECH Interns Make Presentations to Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o on Dairy Farming

Featured Miss Jane Ochuka presenting a paper on Comparative Analysis of Dairy Farming in Kisumu and Kiambu Counties Miss Jane Ochuka presenting a paper on Comparative Analysis of Dairy Farming in Kisumu and Kiambu Counties

The RESTECH Team of Researchers led by Prof. Wellington Otieno met with the Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang’Nyong’o in his office to present research findings on the Status of Dairy Sector in the county and share ideas on how to revive it. RESTECH Interns under the leadership of Mr. Nicholas Outa presented 3 papers titled Agriculture Status of Kisumu County, Comparative Analysis of Dairy Industry in Kiambu and Kisumu, and Challenges & Possible Areas of Collaboration between RESTECH and Kisumu County Government respectively.  The papers highlighted the key challenges in the dairy sector and offered strategies to remedy the situation.

The Governor was impressed with the presentations and reaffirmed his commitment to work with researchers to increase milk production in Kisumu County.  He was particularly interested in the Comparative Analysis of Dairy Industry in Kiambu and Kisumu by Ms Jane Ochuka which dissected the dairy industry in the two counties.  In her presentation, MsOchuka who is an Agriculture and Enterprise Development Intern indicated that despite the slight differences in climatic conditions between the two counties, Kiambu produced far much higher volumes of milk compared to Kisumu.  Kiambuproduces 350 million Kgs of milk in a year while Kisumu manages a paltry 26 million Kgs in the same period.  Shestated that there is a deficit of about 44 million kgs in Kisumu County which can be bridged if the county invests in the sector.  She recommended that the county government should focus on three main issues in order to boost milk production.

Firstly, the county government should come up with a programme to identify interested dairy farmers and help them acquire good pedigree animals.  She stated that a good number of farmers in Kisumu keep the local zebu animals and thus cannot attain good levels of milk production compared to their counterparts in Kiambu County.  Secondly, the county should provide more training and extension services to dairy farmers in the region.  MrsOchuka stated that most farmers in the region use outdated dairy farming technologies and thus cannot compete with farmers in Kiambu who are continually trained on new trends of dairy management.  Training would also enable the farmers to understand the best feeding programmes and disease management for dairy animals.  MsOchuka also underscored the need for county governments to offer affordable artificial insemination (AI) services and credit facilities to farmers.

Ms Christine Ondago’spresented a Paper on Agriculture Status of Kisumu County.  She outlined the key crops and livestock production enterprises that make up the main pillars of agriculture in the county.  She stated that the county’s main cash crop is sugarcane and it is majorly grown in Chemelil, Muhoroni and Miwani.  Other major crops include maize and rice which is grown in Kano Plains.  Ms Ondago stated that despite the county’s good climate and soils, it does not produce much to feed its people and still relies on imports from other parts of the country such as Nandi and Kericho.  The flipside of this was evident during the IEBC demonstrations when food prices doubled since traders could not transport their merchandise to Kisumu. Ms Ondago reiterated the need to invest more in agriculture since the farmers are assured of the market.

    The last presentation was given by Mr. Nicholas Outa who sought to identify possible areas of collaboration between RESTECH and Kisumu County Government based on the former’s area of specialization and the latter’s priorities.  Mr. Outa pinpointed the dairy industry and policy research as viable areas through which RESTECH and the Kisumu County Government can collaborate on given that RESTECH had already demonstrated deep comprehension of key aspects in the two areas. 

Mr. Outa suggested that RESTECH could work closely with the county by advising the policy makers on key agriculture policy formulation and implementation based on its scientific research.  His suggestion was premised on the fact that policy formulation and implementation should be evidence-based.  He also indicated that RESTECH could collaborate with the counties on offering training services to farmers.  RESTECH is currently developing a training curriculum for dairy farmers.

The Governor lauded all the interns for their good presentations and mastery of their respective disciplines. He said he would share RESTECH’s work with the experts in the Department of Agriculture with a view to inculcate the ideas into their current dairy programme in Muhoroni Sub County. He said the Kisumu County Government is intent on reviving the dairy sector and is thus setting up a cooling plant in Muhoroni to enable farmers store their milk.  Other initiatives in the pipeline include acquisition of Kenya Cooperatives Creameries (KCC) Kisumu Plant and revamping of the Maseno Farmers’ Training Centre.

 

 

  • Release Date: Wednesday, 22 January 2014
  • MSRP: 19.99 USD
  • Genre: Action