IMPROVING THE INDIGENOUS CHICKEN VALUE CHAIN IN NANDI
Chicken value chain plays a critical role in income generation and poverty reduction especially among the rural vulnerable members of the community who may be lacking enough land for cultivation or requisite skills to engage in alternative income generating activities. It is also important in ensuring that rural families achieve better food & nutrition security and improved livelihoods in order to achieve the ‘Big Four’ agenda.
As a sign of commitment to revamp the sector, the County Government of Nandi in the just concluded financial year 2018/19 allocated 10 million towards the industry under the now famous “Boresha Jamii na Kuku Initiative” with a view of empowering Women, Youth and Persons Living With Disabilities whereby over 3000 households across all the 30 wards benefited.
To further accelerate the sector, Indigenous Chicken Value Chain Investment Plan is being developed by the department of Agriculture and Cooperative Development through the National Agricultural & Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) in close partnership with a number of key stakeholder in the industry including poultry producers, farmers, processors among other key stakeholders.
The plan is expected to to set out new joint vision across the value chain and expand the industry by increasing capacity at all stages of the value chain from feeds processing, farming poultry, aggregation and processing of poultry products thereby increasing investment, employment and the value of output.
Among the measures proposed in the Indigenous Chicken Value Chain Investment Plan include setting up a chicken feed meal in the county, increasing number of poultry egg incubators, identifying aggregation centers and establishment of chicken slaughter houses at strategic places to help farmers value add their products.