Poultry farmers in Kwale County have received a major boost after the Base Titanium Mining Company distributed 800 Kenbro indigenous chickens to 100 households.
The firm’s Community Programmes Superintendent, Ms. Mwanaharusi Khamis said the donation was given out under their sustainable livelihood enhancement programme.
She said the company has spent Sh4million on the project that includes training of the beneficiaries to ensure positive breeding outcomes and sustainability.
The initiative is designed to enhance livelihood opportunities and act to address food and nutrition security among the local residents, said Ms. Khamis.
The donation included 600 hens and 200 roosters as part of the firm’s poultry livelihood programme.
Ms. Khamis said the programme aims to improve food security, which is a central feature of the Big 4 Action Plan, whose other areas of focus are affordable housing, enhanced manufacturing and universal healthcare.
It will also provide an income stream through sale of eggs, breeding and sale of additional birds, she added.
The chickens were distributed to residents in eight villages that include Bumamani, Barcelona, Kilole, and Muhaka among others in Msambweni Sub-county.
Ms. Khamis said the training of beneficiaries will help them to profitably run their poultry businesses while also improving nutrition and health outcomes of their families.
She added that the poultry programme is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to community development and enhancing locals’ livelihoods.
The poultry project had only 25 farmers at the beginning, but the number has since grown to over 500, with 80 per cent of the beneficiaries being women.
At the same time, the mining firm and East African Breweries Limited (EABL) have partnered to train sorghum farmers on best practices of post-harvest handling of the crop in order to meet the brewer’s quality standards.
The training will cover all sorghum farmers participating in the programme across 13 wards in the county.
Base Titanium provides seeds, tools and the necessary training to grow sorghum while EABL purchases the crop.
EABL representative Mr. Geoffrey Ochula said the training is paramount for the farmers to avert post-harvest loses, noting sorghum is highly perishable, especially during the rainy season.
We hope that farmers will heed our advice to maximise their benefits from the crop through proper post-harvest handling of sorghum, said Mr. Ochula.
Base Titanium owns Kenya’s largest mining operation in Kwale’s Maumba area. The Kwale mine accounts for nearly 60 percent of Kenya’s total mineral output value.
The company was recently granted Vision 2030 flagship project status in recognition of its significant contribution to the national economy and its transformative impact on the mining sector.
Source: Kenya News Agency