Kitale plant to offer quality, affordable bull semen

Farmers in the north rift are set to readily access quality bull semen affordably following completion of construction of a state of the art semen collecting center in Kitale.

The one billion shillings facility at the Agricultural Development Corporation-ADC will produce half a million doses annually.

ADC Managing Director Richard Aiyabei says the capacity will be increased to 3 million semen doses from next year once they buy 30 more bulls.

Dairy farmers have been kept off by the high costs of artificial insemination services with many seeking alternative ways to breed their animals resulting to poor animal breeds and yields.

Agricultural Development Corporation has completed construction of the facility constructed in Endebess in Trans Nzoia County and started collecting semen from 20 bulls.

Aiyabei says, the semen facility uses computer to analyze semen to guarantee quality as well as ensure the conception rate is very high.

He says they soon plan to producing sexed semen to give farmers the option of choosing the sex of the calf.

John Mburu who is a dairy farmer in the area, says he spends between 4,500 to 6000 shillings to purchase sexed semen and 1500 shillings for conventional semen which he admits is costly.

The cost of semen will be subsidized by the national and county government.


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