Semen prices reduced to encourage farmers to get quality dairy breeds in Uasin Gishu

The Uasin Gishu County government has reduced the price of semen to enable farmers access quality seed to improve their dairy breeds.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago said his government reduced the cost of semen from sh 6,000 to Ksh 2,500 to enable every farmer to have access to the services and improve on their livestock production.

Speaking over the weekend during the Commissioning of Kapng’etuny Cattle Dip in Tulwet-Chuiyat ward in Kesses constituency, Mandago expressed his government’s commitment to improve livestock farming across the county.

“We have put in place mechanisms that will help support the livestock sector so that farmers can get improved earnings as we encourage residents to do farming as a business”, he added.

Mandago challenged the farmers to take advantage of the artificial insemination (A.I services) offered by the county at subsidised rates and make good use of the opportunity aimed at benefiting the local community.

The Governor further promised to build two milk coolers in the area before the end of 2015/2016 county financial year.

“Now that farmers expect to have quality breeds which translate into high milk production, we will be setting up milk coolers in this area so that farmers don’t incur losses due to poor storage of the milk,” said Mandago.

By Kiptanui Cherono

Source: Kenya News Agency