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January 20, 2019

The Week

Sh61 million for vaccine against Rift Valley Fever



Narok county has set aside Sh61 million for vaccines against the Rift Valley Fever, lumpy skin and blue tongue diseases.

County livestock officer, Dr Gabriel Turasha, said 2.9 million sheep and goats and 1.2 million heads of cattle in the six sub counties will be vaccinated before and during the El Nino rains.

“Livestock keeping is the backbone of the Maasai community and we are working hard to make sure that we assist the community from plunging into losses due to deaths of their stock,” said Turasha.

Speaking during a vaccination exercise in Loita area in Narok south sub county, Turasha added:

“We are at the advance stages preparing for the El Nino rains which in most cases are detrimental to our animals’ health because this is the time diseases spread.”


Online agribusinesses platform unveiled in Kenya



An online and SMS-based agribusinesses recruiting platform has been launched in Kenya.

The package, offered by Duma Works, will provide affordable, high-quality hiring and employment package specifically for Kenya’s rapidly expanding agribusinesses, such as rural agriculture suppliers and seed companies.

Arielle Sandor, founder of Duma Works, said agribusinesses are significant drivers of the Kenyan economy and it’s critically important to give them the staffing support they need to thrive. “This effort began with a mutual desire to ensure employers in the agriculture and seed sector have access to the tools they need to hire the right human capital and grow their businesses,” said Sandor.

Aline O’Connor of Agri Experience added: “As Kenya’s agriculture sector grows, rural agribusinesses need to be staffed by people who have a deep knowledge of seeds and other inputs farmers need.”


The Maasai urged to take up dairy farming



Members of the Maasai community have been urged to embrace dairy farming in order to maximise on the profits they make through livestock keeping.

Senior Chief Jonathan Sialo of Ololchani location in Trans Mara West sub county said he started keeping dairy cattle in 2009 after realising that land had become scarce and dairy farming fetches more returns compared to keeping indigenous cattle.

Sialo said he has about 20 dairy cows at his Kilgoris home and 500 traditional Sahiwal cattle at his rural home in Olchurai.

“Each of the dairy cows produce an average of 20 litres of milk daily. In a good month I make between Sh50,000 and Sh60,000 through the sale of milk to the Kilgoris KCC depot and to individual customers in Kilgoris town every day. This is more than what my friends who are engaged in sugarcane farming get after the harvest of their cane,” said Sialo.

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