The Kisumu county government, in collaboration with other partners, will undertake a Sh100 million poultry-farming project as part of the initiative aimed at ensuring food sufficiency.
The Kisumu Poultry Enterprise Programme will be implemented after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the county government, the Kenya Industrial Estates Limited, the Lake Basin Development Authority and the Nile Poultry Farms.
To be launched later this month, the project involves training and empowerment of poultry farmers and seeks to boost poultry production to meet the local demand for chicken products.
At least 100 farmers from all the seven sub-counties in the county will undergo training every month and be given soft loans to boost output. Some 1, 200 farmers are targeted in one year. The programme will be implemented through the county department of Trade, Energy and Industry in collaboration with that of Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock and the other partners.
The county executive member for Business, Energy and Industry Alice Moraa said Kenya Industrial Estates Limited has set aside Sh100 million as soft loan for the project.
Currently, she said the county, was unable to meet the demand for poultry products, leading importations from Uganda. She said Kisumu has a demand of 750,000 eggs and 23,000 broilers daily, which local supplies cannot meet.
The programme plans to increase local production of eggs and broilers to one million each every month. “We want to deal directly with individual farmers and not groups so that they are able to enhance their levels of commitment to the enterprise as a core business,” Moraa said at press briefing.