December 16, 2014

BEEKEEPING AND ITS BENEFITS

  • Bee farming is a rewarding and enjoyable occupation with many benefits. It has a number of advantages over other farm enterprises
  • Requires little land (50 colonies require a ¼ acre ) which does not have to be fertile
  • Honey is a source of non-perishable food
  • Capital investment is low compared to other farm enterprises
  • Beekeeping or bee farming is cheap and relatively not competitive to other Agricultural enterprises i.e. does not compete for resources
  • Labour required is low.
  • Many products can be obtained which are great source of income i.e. honey, beeswax, pollen, propolis, bee venom, royal jelly, bee colonies, bee brood, queen bees, and package bees.
  • Encourages environmental conservation.
  • Bees are good pollinators of plants, trees, fruits and crops, thus playing a big role in bio-diversity and improvement of crop yields
  • The therapeutic value of most hive products provide remedy for a number of ailments (Apitherapy)
To get the network information in bee keeping visit: 

 http://www.nafis.go.ke/livestock/bee-keeping/

MAASAI WOMEN BENEFIT FROM POULTRY FARMING

Ewaso Ngiro in Narok County is a semi –arid zone and sparsely populated area stretching across 153 square kilometers.  Plagued by drought, famine and other effects of climate change resulting in more and more limited availability of pasture and water. The poverty level is generally high owing to among other factors; marginalization of women in economic development, governance and decision-making both at household and community level. Pastoralism remains the main economic activity of the Maasai people of this region and continues to support majority of the households.

Looking after the homestead and caring for children as they wait for their men to return home from the grazing fields is the routine for most Maasai Women. However, groups of women through Farmer Field Schools (FFSs) established by Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management in Agro-Pastoral Production Systems of Kenya Project that is financed by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Supported by United Nations Development Programme - Kenya (UNDP- Kenya) and Implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries through the State Department of Livestock. Have defied this culture and are engaging in income generating activities to improve on their livelihoods.

FACTS ABOUT INDIGENOUS CHICKENS

  1. Meat and eggs are tastier and preferred by most consumers to those obtained from commercial breeds
  2. Initial investment is less than that needed to keep commercial breeds
  3. More tolerant of harsh conditions, including diseases, than commercial breeds
  4. Can be fed on cheap, locally available feeds
  5. When allowed to range freely, they need little feeding or other care
  6. Women and youth often control income from chickens
  7. Local markets are readily available for both eggs and chickens
  8. Droppings are rich in nutrients: can be used for compost making, pond fertilizing and feed for livestock.
 Why improved management?

  • Survival rate of chicks can be increased from three to eight out of ten.
  • If you hatch your eggs and sell chicks, earnings can be much higher (up to 7-times higher) than if you simply sell the eggs.
  • Simultaneous hatching of hens (so all chicks hatch at the same time) makes planning for vaccinations easier.
  • By cooperating with neighbors, farmers with small flocks can access vaccines at more affordable rates.
  • Planning your production to meet high seasonal demand – such as at Christmas, Easter and other festivals can greatly increase your profits.
  • If hens are prevented from hatching their own eggs or brooding chicks, they will start to lay again more quickly – after just 21 days, instead of the usual three months.
 
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HOW TO SET UP A PROFITABLE POULTRY FARMING BUSINESS IN KENYA

Poultry farming in Kenya requires having the right knowledge to be able to the right things to get the right result. It requires hard work and prompt attention to details. Poultry Farming is little capital intensive but if you are starting on a micro scale (Home back yard) where you have a small space at your back yard, it is not. Starting small is the best way to enter and learn the business. Before you venture into poultry farming business in Kenya, you need to seat back and do proper planning; make sure you have an idea of all the costs involved. Currently they seem to be no high poultry farms in Kenya like the ones in Europe, USA and other counties. Any investor who has the needed capital to venture into it will have reasons to smile within a short period of time. If you are ready to get started in poultry farming in Kenya, these are the basic requirements you need to set up your farm.