In Summary
  • The society is made up of small farmers from villages in Gilgil, who came together to form the poultry school, besides saving for loans, to boost their agribusinesses.
  • Samuel Kioko, the project manager, says they started the centre about three years ago to train farmers and make Kikopey a poultry hub, where small farmers can produce poultry products for local and national consumption.
  • The NGO is in the process of handing the farmers the training centre, which they would now run fully. Dr Githui Kaba, a veterinary officer in Nakuru says many farmers lack training and face financial challenges, therefore, having a centre boosts their agribusinesses.

The weather is chilly as we navigate through Kikopey trading centre, the small town in Nakuru County popular for roasted goat meat.

Some 200 metres from the meat hub sits the Gilgil Poultry Centre. The centre, which hosts a poultry school, is run by a group of small farmers with the aid of an NGO.

It sits on half-acre, with the centre comprising of poultry houses, a hatchery, a school and a slaughterhouse.

Inside the building that is the school, there are several posters explaining the best aspects of poultry farming. One poster is on feeding chicken, another on house construction and the last one on vaccination.

A group of farmers sit inside the hall on neatly arranged plastic chairs waiting for their trainer. It is Thursday and the members of the Mazao Bora Cooperative Society are meeting here to learn and share experiences on poultry matters.

The society is made up of small farmers from villages in Gilgil, who came together to form the poultry school, besides saving for loans, to boost their agribusinesses.

On this day, the farmers are meeting courtesy of Global Civic Sharing–International, an NGO, which supports them.

Away from the hall inside a small poultry house Fedrick Omamo, the project co-ordinator feeds some 200 three-week-old broiler chicks.

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