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KALRO purchases dorper rams from Kajiado Dorper Sheep Breeders Society of Kenya

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) has purchased 30 high grade rams from Dorper Sheep Breeders Society of Kenya (DSBSK) Kajiado chapter.

The rams were identified by KALRO after a rigorous exercise across the country to identify a source of quality dorper rams.

 A Senior Deputy Director Livestock Production from the State department of Livestock Mary Kanyi said the 30 high grade dorper rams for breeding would go a long way to improve the farmer’s herds which would increase their production and income as they would be a source of livelihood for the pastoral communities.

“Fourteen rams will go to six community interest groups in Kajiado which comprises of 130 members while another 14 will go to 5 community interest groups in Laikipia with 160 members and the other 2 will be in KALRO’S Muguga farm,” said Kanyi

Mary Kanyi, the Senior Deputy Director Livestock Production from the State department of livestock, Kajiado County Chief Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Jackline Koin, and Dr. Samuel Mburu from KALRO flag off a vehicle ferrying the rams to Laikipia County

Dr. Samuel Mbuku from KALRO who is in charge of the implementation of dorper sheep programme says its main objective is to have better breeds of dorper sheep which would multiply thus bringing the cost of dorper rams down and thereby benefiting more farmers in both counties.

“The national government has undertaken this programme to have as many dorper sheep as possible multiplied locally so that many farmers can have access to the rams at an affordable price compared to what they are getting from South Africa,” said Dr. Mbuku.

Kajiado County Chief Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Jackline Koin urged the farmers to embrace hay production so as to be able to combat drought and remain productive.

DSBSK Kajiado chapter Chairman Mr. Paul ole Nchake has urged farmers within Kajiado to invest in dorper farming as their market is ready and they were are more profitable than cows.

He says that it is time the farmers embraced modern farming practices especially due to climate change and reduced land.

Ole Nchake further urged livestock farmers to register with the DSBSK in Kajiado so as to gain benefits such as a ready market.

A member of the society, Elizabeth Sisika, was grateful after KALRO bought five of her rams saying that through dorper farming, she has been able to cater for her children’s education up to university level.

SourceKNA
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