Kenya: Waiguru Unveils Project to Improve Kirinyaga Cow Breeds

Kirinyaga County’s agriculture department plans to inseminate 50,000 cows in a bid to improve dairy and livestock production.

In a deal that was signed between the county government and the Kenya Animals Genetic Research Centre (KAGRC), the farmers will receive quality artificial insemination (AI) services that will upgrade their cattle breeds.

In an event held at Ndomba Animal Health Training Institute in Mwea Constituency, Governor Anne Waiguru said that the agreement will facilitate the support of 60 dairy farmers’ groups through provision of quality AI services.

She emphasised that the main objective of the project is to improve the breeds of dairy cattle in the county with an ultimate goal of increasing milk production.

Through this project, the animals will be inseminated within a span of six months.

The county boss said while KAGRC will be providing semen and liquid nitrogen, the county government will provide 80 artificial insemination coolers to four dairy cooperative societies.

Increase milk production

“The aim is to increase milk production from the current five litres per cow per day to around 12 litres per cow per day,” the governor said.

She added that besides increased milk production, improved cattle breeds have a stronger immune system and, therefore, are less susceptible to diseases.