Kirinyaga County Government has donated 86,000 improved kienyeji chicks for distribution to 77 farmers groups across the County.
Governor Anne Waiguru says the chicks will boost the ongoing poultry project that supports farmer groups to produce at least one million eggs in a month.
Out of these chicks, 54,000 of them will be distributed to 45 newly recruited groups which will receive 1,200 chicks each while 32,000 chicks will be given to other existing 32 groups each receiving 1,000 chicks.
While handing over the chicks for Kagumo-ini, a self-help Group based in Mwea, Governor Waiguru said the egg production projects funded by the county government has been a huge success and has increased agricultural production and income for farmers.
“The mass egg production project is aimed at improving the livelihoods of Kirinyaga people by providing them with alternative income sources and reducing overreliance on conventional cash crop farming,” the Governor said.
Waiguru said the groups will also receive free quality chicken feeds from the County’s Kiaga animal feeds factory for six months and thereafter access the same feeds at a subsidized cost.
To guarantee returns for the project, Governor Waiguru said that once the eggs are harvested, they are collected and taken to the storage facility at Kiaga where they are packaged and branded before being marketed on behalf of the farmers by Kirinyaga Investment Development Authority (KIDA).
She pointed out that through the Wezesha Kirinyaga program, her administration is currently supporting more than 300 farmers groups to diversify agricultural activities through projects such as poultry keeping, avocado, tomato, dairy and fish farming, pig rearing as well as bee keeping.