The County government of West Pokot partnered with Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) and donated 2,136 three months old improved Kienyeji chicken worth Sh. 0.8Million to 150 women to help them improve their local breed.

West Pokot County Chief Officer of Agriculture and Pastoral Economy Samson Nyangaluk donated to women who live within Sigor constituency in West Pokot County as part of the government agenda of continuous improvement of breeding chicken in the region and its commitment to help farmers improve their indigenous breeds.

โ€œThe donations of improved Kienyeji chicken is part of the ongoing poultry project that has been implemented by Government of Kenya (GOK) and the same has been implemented in West Pokot County as a resilience programme dubbed the Kenya Climate-Smart Project (KCSAP) and groups of farmers are encouraged to rare them in order for them to improve their local chicken breed and a source of income for their livelihoods,โ€ said Nyangaluk.

Reducing poverty levels

โ€œI am encouraging farmers within this region to embrace this type of farming because chicken provides food and its eggs generates income that helps improve livelihoods,โ€ Nyangaluk explained.

Nyangaluk said that they have donated a Rainbow roster breed of chickens which grows fast and with more resistance to diseases and produces more eggs compared to indigenous ones. He pointed out that this type of farming should be taken seriously because, at the period of six months old, the chicks will have matured and will be ready to lay eggs. Among the projectโ€™s benefit include reducing poverty levels in the region and empowering locals economically.

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Farmers were also supplied with poultry feeds and antibiotics and they were urged to observe necessary measures that will help contain infectious diseases that attack chicken. West Pokot County KCSAP project Coordinator Mr Philip Tingaa said that the project is offering assistance to farmers through groups and encouraged them to form farmersโ€™ groups in order to get support from the national and county governments and development partners.

โ€œWe are committed to helping farmers within this region through groups and currently we have reached out to 172 groups in West Pokot County and we have managed also to donate 2991 Galla Goats and 743 sheep have so far been distributed to farmers for breeding purposes,โ€ said Tingaa.

โ€œIndigenous and improved Kienyeji eggs are preferred by many people for food since they are more delicious than the exotic ones but the problem is the low supply experienced in the market and farmers should really try their fortune in raring the chicken,โ€ Tingaa added.