By Stanley Wabomba
Dairy farmers in the Mt Kenya region will enjoy subsidized cost for Artificial Insemination services after the commissioning of a multimillion shillings liquid Nitrogen plant.
Farmers previously paid between 1,000 to 5,000 shillings for the service that will henceforth be reduced to 500 shillings.
The high cost of bull semen has been cited as a factor driving the low performance of the livestock subsector. This has seen most farmers opting to use semen from lower grade breeds.
To address this, a couple of liquid Nitrogen gas plants have been under construction in dairy rich areas.
Among them is one based at the Animal Health and Industry Training Institute in Kirinyaga County that has been commissioned.
The service providers were charging farmers exorbitant fees per animal due to the long distance to Kabete in Kiambu county where the crucial gas in AI matters has been centrally produced since independence.
The 200 million shillings liquid Nitrogen plant that will produce 20 liters per hour, will also benefit farmers in Nyeri, Muranga, Embu and Tharaka-Nithi counties.