Uasin Gishu County farmers are set to benefit from an innovative poultry feed production strategy aimed at enhancing agricultural practices and supporting the region’s farming community.

The Department of Livestock and Fisheries, in conjunction with Utunzi Animal Welfare Organisation, on Friday convened a discussion centered around enhancing agricultural practices and supporting the region’s farming community.

Speaking while leading the discussion, Chief Officer for Livestock, Mr. Nixon Cheplong, highlighted the shortage of fertilized eggs needed for incubators provided to farmers’ groups under Governor Bii’s administration.

“These fertilized eggs play in the success of poultry farming initiatives aimed at improving the livelihoods of farmers in the region” stated Cheplong.

Acknowledging this critical issue, the County Government and Utunzi Animal Welfare Organization have joined forces to tackle the problem by adopting a production system that allows birds to exhibit their natural behaviours, emphasizing the importance of enabling animals to express their inherent characteristics beyond the constraints of cages.

Another concern addressed during the discussion was the exorbitant prices and scarcity of poultry feeds, a challenge commonly faced by farmers in Uasin Gishu and across Kenya. In response to this issue, Utunzi Animal Welfare Organization is exploring the possibility of engaging in large-scale production of black soldier flies, renowned for their high crude protein levels based on research findings.

Chief Officer Cheplong emphasized the county’s dedication to carrying out sustainable and efficient strategies, including the development of high-protein poultry feed options, which was part of Governor Bii’s election pledge.

The meeting was attended by Directors Dr. Philip Biama (Veterinary), Abraham Kiptanui (Livestock), and Mr. Joel Ruto (Agribusiness).