Dairy farmers urged to adopt new technologies to boost milk production

Dairy farmers in Busia County have been urged to embrace new technologies to ensure that all livestock feeds are well utilized.

The County Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Allan Ogendo said the County had great potential for milk production but regrettably farmers produced between 4-5 litres per cow per day.

Speaking to KNA during a farmers training forum at Busia Agricultural Training College on Monday, Ogendo blamed the low milk production on lack of innovation and poor animal feeds preparation by the local farmers.

Most farmers rely on traditional livestock feeds hence low productivity yet this can be pushed to 10 litres leading to profitability, he said.

He noted that only serious farmers with more than five grade animals prepared silage for their animals with the majority deeming the initiative as an expensive venture.

The Director of Orion Agrovet, Dennis Odhiambo noted that most farmers were yet to embrace silage and hay preparation though they had been trained on how to go about it.

The forum brought together dairy farmers from Angorom and Burumba wards in Matayos constituency with the participants being trained on silage making.

Source: Kenya News Agency