The County Government of Nandi Agricultural sector has received a major boost to transform the dairy sector following an announcement by Heifer International, revealing plans to roll out Transformational Strategies for Farm Output Risk Mitigation” (TRANSFORM) Project.
The five (5) year (2021-2025) grant funded project from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will be implemented in Kenya, Vietnam, Indonesia and India by Cargill, Heifer International, Ausvet and International Poultry Council (IPC). The project wants to increase the capacity of small holder farmers, County Governments, and other stakeholders to encourage practices to support animal health, human health and farmer livelihoods.
The project is aimed at strengthening animal sourced food systems to prevent and minimize antimicrobial resistance and transboundary animal diseases to enhance global health security. The project seeks to engage global market actors, from production to markets and policymakers to sustainably strengthen animal-sourced food (ASF) systems and enhance global health security to prevent transboundary animal diseases and antimicrobial resistance in poultry and dairy value chains.
“Our consortium’s solution therefore focuses on improving animal health so significantly that the risk of disease and zoonotic pathogens is considerably lower, animal production is considerably higher, and therefore the use of antibiotics as a treatment for illness, to prevent disease, or to enhance performance is significantly reduced.” said Heifer International TRANSFORM Project Director Douglas Masika.
TRANSFORM Kenya Project will implement the component of promoting adoption of biosecurity, antimicrobial usage (AMU) and on farm management practices in Nandi County.
As part of a stakeholder engagement, Heifer International led by the Project Director Douglas Masika, Director of Programmes David Ojwang, Technical Specialist from Cargill Dr. Ruth Omani, TRANSFORM Kenya Project Manager Maurice Ikaal and MELs Officer Dr. Lilian Ooko on Tuesday held an introductory meeting of the project with the county department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development led by Chief Officer for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Wilson Lelei.