Nakuru gives farmers free goats in Sh8m dairy output boost plan
Small-holder farmers in Nakuru have received a major boost following the distribution of a superior breed of dairy goats by the county government.
The distribution under the Sh8 million Smallholder Dairy Commercialisation Programme (SDCP) is targeting farmers in Rongai, Molo, Njoro, Bahati, Subukia, Nakuru West, Gilgil and Kuresoi South Sub-Counties and is aimed at promoting dairy production.
According to County Veterinary Services Officer, Dr Christopher Auma, the devolved unit has so far purchased and distributed 159 dairy goats in the current financial year.
The purchase is an addition to the 697 goats bought and distributed since the SDCP programme kicked off in 2020.
He said the improved breeds which include Toggenburg and Kenyan Alpine are hardy and have the ability to adapt to all agro-climatic conditions while producing to their maximum.
The two breeds note Dr Auma, are the best milk producers and that lactating rarely reduces milk output until they are served. They can be milked for up to eight months after calving.
He said the initiative is designed to improve the livelihoods of women and youth groups in rural areas through upgrading their stock, increasing milk production, enhancing food security and increasing consumption of goat milk.