Chinese agronomists in pasture production

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By KBC Reporter

A team of 16 Chinese agronomists has partnered with Baringo County Government to improve pasture production, animal health and productivity in the region.

The team has already conducted a feasibility study of the area and will be in the county for a year implementing the programme, has identified 600 acres of land at Livestock Improvement Center in Mogotio on which they hope to develop high quality pasture seed for farmers in the county.

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The programme is aimed at boosting pasture production and offer subsidized extension services to livestock farmers.

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Speaking at Livestock Improvement Center (LIC) in Mogotio during an exhibition fair, Baringo County Chief Executive for Agriculture and Livestock Development Carolyn Tenges said there is need for diversification in production of high quality pastures for livestock in the county.

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Baringo County is 80 per cent semi arid has a population of more than 200,000 people who rely entirely on livestock keeping as their economic mainstay.

Farmers are being encouraged to explore pasture regeneration techniques in indigenous forests in order to reduce pressure on the areas they always graze their livestock.

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Baringo County Government is in the process of acquiring an operating license for a donkey slaughter house.

The initiative is a joint investment program with Chinese investors in an attempt to encourage donkey rearing. Meat processed at the abattoir will be exported to China.

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