By Nicholas Nduati
Small scale dairy goat farmers in Kirinyaga county will now be able to export their goats to the Djibouti market following an initiative by the East African Farmers’ Federation that seeks to connect dairy farmers in east Africa to international markets.
The Federation’s President Philip Kiriro says the initiative seeks to boost farmers’ earnings and reduce reliance pastoralism which has been largely affected by climate change.
The first batch of the goats would be exported to Djibouti on Monday next week
Access to outside markets has been a huge challenge for Small scale livestock farmers in the country.
However, dairy goat farmers in Kirinyaga County are a happy lot after their dream of selling their goats to the international market at competitive prices came true.
Through the East African Farmers’ Federation, the first batch comprising 45 breeding dairy goats aged between 10 months to one year will be exported to Djibouti on Monday next week.
The Federation’s President Philip Kiriro says this will ensure small scale farmers connect with regional traders to commercialize their farming.
With the dairy sector under constant threat from climate change, Kiriro notes that the initiative could not have come at a better time with supporting farmers in the region to abandon pastoralism, which is a key agenda for the project.
The initiative will also in the future see the development of a dairy goat herd center that will be a source of goat milk in the country.