4,705 indigenous chicken have been distributed to 10 smallholder farmer Community Groups in Bahari Ward.
269 smallholder farmers, experiencing uncertain weather patterns, will now have alternative ways to address climate change-related risks, and food security.
The milestone is part of a World Bank-sponsored Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project and Lamu County Government partnership. The partnership is aimed at promoting food security and rural poverty eradication by providing disposable income opportunities to smallholder agro-pastoral households.
The improved indigenous chicken developed by Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (KARLO) is expected to produce between 230 to 280 eggs per year as opposed to the common indigenous ones that lay 80 to 100 eggs annually . It also has better meat quality, less overhead costs, and greater disease resistance when compared to their commercial counterparts.
Speaking to the farmers over the handing over ceremony at Lake Kenyatta Primary School, Bahari Ward, Deputy Governor and CECM Food Security, Cooperative Development, Fisheries, Blue Economy and Water Services, Hon. Abdulhakim Aboud Bwana, urged the farmers to leverage the opportunity to improve their crop-livestock farming systems.
“First, the chicken have been bred by Kenya Agriculture Livestock Research Institute (KALRI) which means that they are quality and guarantee kmmunity in a harsh environment conditions with basic husbandry methods”
And added : “They will guarantee Bahari households with a source of high quality animal protein, emergency cash and play a significant role in the socio-cultural life of the community”
Indeginous chicken farming was part of the economic activities selected by County Government of Lamu for the KCSAP project, for their potential to adapt to a changing climate.
In rural sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), chickens are among the most widely reared livestock, providing valuable disposable income for households in general, and for women and youth in particular.
The Deputy Governor was accompanied by Chief of Staff Mr. Mohamed Bute, County staff from the Department of Agriculture, KCSAP and Bahari community leadership.
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