The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) has distributed kroiler chicks, solar panels, and incubators worth Kshs. 1.5 million to farmers in Tseikuru, Mwingi North in Kitui County.
Francis Koma, Kitui County NDMA Coordinator who spearheaded the exercise said the project aimed a improving poultry farming in Tseikuru region was identified by the community to enhance their income.
The lucky groups were issued with incubators together with solar batteries and solar panels and for the sustainability of the project, they were also provided with one-month-old chicks.
Through the incubators, the farmers will be able to get hatchlings in 21 days.
All the 8 villages in Tseikuru ward benefited from the exercise which first targeted four groups in each village.
Among the chosen groups, only ten members were benefiting from the exercise with each receiving two chicks.
The coordinator also said the farmers will be trained to equip them with knowledge of record-keeping to ensure they detect any disease to avoid the death of the chicken.
“The kroilers are not heavy feeders and grow to bigger sizes that fetch good money for farmers,” said Koma.
650 kuroiler chicks each costing Kshs. 300 and were issued to the farmers including solar panels, batteries, and incubators valued at Kshs. 1.35 million.
Josephine Ndinda, a beneficiary said they initially reared local chicken which took so long to mature.
Ndinda said out of the two chicks and the incubators issued, they will grow their chicken farming in order to commercialize it.
She assured NDMA officials to support the project and make a living out of it.
Margret Kiiru, another beneficiary lauding the exercise said the improved chicken will be of great impact to their farming as three years to come, they will have more improved chicken and sell them.