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County distributes improved chicken breeds to improve livelihoods
The County Government of Nakuru has distributed over 5,000-month-old indigenous chicken to more than 40 farmer groups in Elementaita ward, Gilgil Sub County.
This is under the County Improved Local Chicken Stimulus Program by H.E Governor Lee Kinyanjui, to help improve farmers’ income, livelihoods and breeds for the local chicken to improve quality and output.
The indigenous chicken mature fast, lay eggs throughout the year and offer great prices at the markets due to their fast weight gaining capabilities.
According to the Department of Livestock, Gilgil Sub County is among the highest producers of indigenous chicken with a population of over 189,000 birds at 13.2%.
It comes second after Njoro Sub County whose population currently stands at 14% with over 200,000 birds.
Acting County Director Livestock Production, Ms Virginiah Ngunjiri, noted that the fast-maturing breed needed keen follow-up of the vaccination schedule and record keeping.
The County has been able to distribute over 30,000-month-old chicken under the program, in addition to the distribution of incubators and fertilized eggs to farmers and groups.
Last year the County distributed 3,800-month-old chicken in the Elementaita Ward.