At last farmers in the north rift can now readily access quality bull semen affordably following completion of construction of a state of the art semen collecting center in Kitale.

The new plant at the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) will produce half a million doses annually.

According to ADC Managing Director Richard Aiyabei , the capacity will be increased to 3 million semen doses from next year once they buy 30 more bulls.

The one billion facility is expected to bring back dairy farmers who have been kept off by the high costs of artificial insemination services with many seeking alternative ways to breed their animals resulting to poor animal breeds and yields.

The Agricultural Development Corporation has completed construction of the facility constructed in Endebess in Trans Nzoia County and started collecting bull semen from 20 bulls.

The ADC managing director says, the semen facility uses computer to analyse semen to guarantee quality as well as ensure the conception rate is very high.

He says they soon plan to producing sexed semen to give farmers the option of choosing the sex of the calf.

John Mburu is a dairy farmer in the area, “I spend between 4,500 to 6000 shillings to purchase sexed semen and 1500 shillings for conventional semen which he admits is costly.”

The cost of semen will be subsidized by the national and county government.

By Malachi Motano

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