Intensive training on milk production to be carried out by County- Says CECM Agriculture
BY LELETI JASSOR
Agriculture CECM Dr. Immaculate Maina has urged the youth to take up Agriculture as an income-generating activity that will lead to financial independence. Dr. Maina said agriculture remains one of the least explored areas yet the most profitable across the Country. She was speaking yesterday while awarding a Friesian cow worth Sh. 250,000 to John Ngige Muinuri, a youth leader at the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru who won it at the just concluded 10th RVIST Agribusiness EXPO.
The County Government in collaboration with RVIST will provide thorough training to Mr. Muinuri which will involve, calf rearing, feeding, feed production, milk marketing, hygiene and also housing of livestock. According to Mr. Muinuri, the training would be useful in equipping him with the ability to engage in farming practices that will lead to food security for sustainable economic growth. Currently, milk production in Nakuru County is valued at Ksh 9.8 billion with 298 million liters in production. Even with this seemingly impressive output, the County Government is looking to increase production through intensive training that will focus on the right feeding programs and improved breeds for maximum milk production. Dr. Maina said her office would also liaise with the Catholic Church in supporting the already established youth in agriculture programs. At the moment, there are 116 youth groups undergoing a rigorous program dubbed vijabiz that provides capacity building and mentorship to the youth groups in agribusiness.