In Summary
  • A number of farmers said their cows recorded drop in milk quantities during one of the worst dry spells in the recent past.
  • In July, the government waived tax on importation of yellow maize to help control skyrocketing cost of animal feeds and also ease pressure on white variety.
  • Mr Shadrack Moimett, a farmer from Kesses, Uasin Gishu said although he planted wheat on his 10 acre farm last season, he has opted for maize and pasture this time round.

Dairy farmers in the North Rift are increasing the acreage under animal fodder to cushion them against perennial feed shortages.

Stung by the recent drought that cut milk production by nearly half, a number of milk producers who spoke to Smart Company said they are growing different fodder to avoid what they went through during the start of this year.

Although the most recent data from the Ministry of Agriculture indicates that Kenya’s dairy industry has recorded an increase in production after onset of rains, milk producers are leaving nothing to chance.

Mr Julius Kitur, a dairy farmer is one of those, who reduced the acreage under white maize to grow yellow maize on his 52 acre farm in Turbo, Uasin Gishu.

“The cows like the fodder. . . I want to improve on my dairy so that is why I planted the crop,” says that farmer who owns 20 cows.

A number of farmers said their cows recorded drop in milk quantities during one of the worst dry spells in the recent past.

In July, the government waived tax on importation of yellow maize to help control skyrocketing cost of animal feeds and also ease pressure on white variety.

Mr Shadrack Moimett, a farmer from Kesses, Uasin Gishu said although he planted wheat on his 10 acre farm last season, he has opted for maize and pasture this time round.

“This year, I decided to plant five acres of pasture for my cows because of the good prices in the market and then the other for maize,” says the farmer.

Mr Julius Kiptarus, director of livestock production in the Ministry of Agriculture said Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu counties have recorded an increase in milk production by between 40 to 50 per cent.

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