Dairy farmers from Kitiri Dairy Cooperative Society in Nyandarua County may soon have their milk priced in terms of quality following the introduction of a digitalized traceability system. Dubbed e-Trace D, the system is a brainchild of Kenya Dairy Board (KDB), Kenya Dairy Processors Association (KDPA) and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) under the
Stakeholders in the agriculture sector converged in Naivasha for a pedagogical training aimed at equipping them with presentation and communication skills. The 15 trainees were drawn from different agricultural sectors including aquaculture, horticulture, veterinary services, among others.
SMAP has started sensitizing farmers from Kitiri and Kabiyet Dairy Cooperatives in Nyandarua and Nandi counties respectively, on adopting a traceability system that will monitor milk quality. This is in preparation of use of a digitalized traceability system, that is set to be piloted in the two cooperatives starting in January 2017 The sampling section
The dusty road that snakes to Matasia in Kajiado North does not prepare first-time visitors for the wonders in the region dominated mainly by cattle keeping. At Matasia, along the Ngong-Kiserian Road, one comes across the Fish Point, a white meat only café, which signals that fish is reared in the region. We meet Alex
It is early morning in Kibabii B village in Bungoma County, Western Kenya. Salome Wasilwa is all smiles as she walks around her chicken house. Recently, she got what she considers a ‘mouthwatering’ order from the newly established chicken slaughterhouse based in Chwele, some 40km away, and she is working on it when we visit.
Seeing Naiseku milk her goats at her humble homestead, you may dismiss her as another small farmer struggling to eke a living. Every morning, her husband calls each of their goat by name, one by one, and holds them for her to milk. Interestingly, this milk will later be turned into cheese and the products would be
Kabarak village, located in Elgeyo-Marakwet County some 325 kilometers from the capital Nairobi, is an enchanting place. Goats, cows, donkeys and sheep are the main animals we come across as we drive along the way. But there is more, the region is home to tasty and juicy mangoes. We find farmer Francis Kiplagat sauntering on
Milk and dairy products are highly perishable products and must always be handled with care. Every handler at whatever stage must take high measures of hygiene. At the farm level, animals should be fed with high-quality feeds which are free from contaminants. A well balanced diet will impact positively in not only the quantity, but
An estimated 80 percent of horticultural farmers are small scale, so working in groups comes in handy in ensuring quality and steady supply. In such groups, farmers follow a Quality Management System (QMS) which act as a uniform guide at production level. Besides, they can jointly hire service providers as a way of ensuring professional
Good calf rearing is important as the productivity of cattle is mainly influenced by the care it receives when young. Young stocks form the foundation of replacement stock, which can be used to expand dairy stock or can be sold to generate income for the farmer. For tips on good calf rearing practices, watch