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Kenyan board meets in Hilversum

On april the 14th  the board meeting of smart | dairy Kenya was held at the smart | dairy head office in Hilversum. Chairman, Wycliffe Oparanya and Deputy CEO, Martin Rogers where invited to have this meeting in Hilversum so they could also meet the smart | dairy team in the Netherlands.

smart | dairy Kenya Ltd. is the first joint venture and was established in 2015. A fruitful start was made with the first four stables being shipped to Kakamega at the beginning of this year. Currently the first franchisees are being trained so they can start farming at the end of May.

It was therefore at an exciting moment to meet with a wider team and discuss all the progress that has been made and plan for the coming year. In 2016 smart | dairy Kenya Ltd. will focus on establishing twenty smart | dairy farms in Kakamega county. With the Farm-in-the-Box barn. And all run by fully trained smart | dairy farmers.

 

In the photo, from left to right: Martin Rogers (Deputy CEO smart | dairy Kenya Ltd.), Trevor Tomkins (Co-founder, Chairman), Governor Oparanyah (Chairman smart | dairy Kenya Ltd.), Kulati Wiangi (Minister of Agriculture and Finance), Christabell Ashiono (Corporate secretary), Peter Paul Coppes (co-founder, CEO)

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  1. This is good work, there exists a deficit in milk supply in the county. See the following publications from the work I did in the area. If you need the full papers , I can send you copies. Keep up

    Prof. L. M. Musalia
    Chuka University

    African Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 5(8), pp. 661-667, 18 April, 2010
    Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJAR
    ISSN 1991-637X © 2010 Academic Journals
    Full Length Research Paper

    Effects of policy change on the dairy production support services within the smallholder dairy farmers in Butere/Mumias and Kakamega districts of Western Kenya
    Levi Mugalavai Musalia1*, Sabina Mukoya M. Wangia2, Robert Shavulimo Shivairo3 and Violet
    Vugutsa4
    1Department of Animal Science, Chuka University College, P. O. Box 109-60400, Chuka, Kenya.
    2Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi, P. O. Box 29053-00625, Nairobi, Kenya.
    3Department of Animal Health, Egerton University, P. O. Box 536-20115, Egerton, Kenya.
    4Department of Agricultural Education and Extension, Egerton University, P. O. Box, 536-20115, Egerton, Kenya.
    Accepted 15 February, 2010

    Abstract: A survey was conducted in Butere/Mumias and Kakamega districts of Western Kenya in 2005 to evaluate the availability of dairy support services following liberalisation of agricultural sector by the Government. A total of 69 and 107 farmers were interviewed in Butere/Mumias and Kakamega districts, respectively. Liberalisation opened up market for raw milk in major urban centres that were previously supplied by processed milk from Kenya cooperative creameries (KCC). Attempts to expand dairy production to capture this market was constrained by a huge deficit of breeding stock with about 53.4% of farmers buying animals from neighbouring districts. Artificial insemination (AI) service was not available when required by 30% of farmers who resorted to use bulls that were within a distance of less than 2 km (71.4%). Farmers using AI moved between 0 and 5 km (38.1%). The private veterinary surgeon served 54% of the farmers and on average there were 2922 and 2087.1 dairy animals for every veterinary surgeons and AI service provider, respectively. The low demand for dairy support services was attributed to lack of high quality dairy animals and capital by the service providers to buy the required equipments and materials. Key words: Smallholder, dairying, support services, liberalisation, Kenya.

    Tropical Animal Health and Production. 39: 199-205, 2007

    Dairy production practices among smallholder dairy farmers in Butere/Mumias and Kakamega districts in Western Kenya

    L. M. Musalia1 & S. M. M. Wangia2 & R. S. Shivairo3 & P. Okutu4 & V. Vugutsa5
    1 Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University, PO Box 536, Njoro, Kenya e-mail: mugalavai@mail.com
    2Department of Agricultural Economics, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya
    3Department of Animal Health, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya
    4Agricultural Market Development Trust, Kisumu, Kenya
    5Department of Agricultural Education and Extension, Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya

    Accepted: 13 February 2007 / Published online: 5 April 2007 # Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2007

    Abstract
    A survey was conducted on 176 smallholder dairy farms in Butere/Mumias and Kakamega districts of Western Kenya to establish the dairy production practices and constraints in the industry. There was low milk production (16.6 kg of milk per capita), which was attributed to the low number of dairy animals. The average land size was 2.4 ha with only 30.3% being allocated to pasture or fodder crops. Farmers with large farms (>2 ha) set aside bigger pieces (1.2 vs 0.4 ha) for pasture/fodder crop cultivation ( p<0.001), owned more (5.25 vs 3.18) dairy animals ( p<0.01) and produced more (9.2 vs 7.5 kg/cow per day) milk ( p<0.05) compared to those on smaller farms of less than 2 ha. The average herd size was 4.2 animals, of which only 45.0% were in milk, producing 8.0 kg/animal per day. Every kilogram of dairy meal fed increased milk production by 0.68 kg ( p<0.001). Over 90% of milk produced was consumed locally. The public institutions provided 74% of total extension services to farmers. About 49.5% of total dairy animals were bought from other districts owing to scarcity.

    Keywords Smallholder . Dairying . Milk production . Production practices . Kenya

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