Category Archives: Poultry Farming Consultancy in Kenya

TRAINING AND ESTABLISHMENT OF POULTRY FARMS

Adequate training and proper business set up is a prerequisite to any organization willing to work with smallholder farmers in the poultry value chain or any investor willing to make substantial investments in the chicken, feed industry and processing industry. It is prudent to put in place a farmer or employee training plan in accordance with modern practices and standards and an establishment plan that ensures the farmer or entrepreneur starts off on a sound footing. In this regard, we offer consultancy services to organizations and entrepreneurs on the various poultry business models, training and set up which among others include the following:

  • Construction of recommended chicken houses with the right orientation and designs and management of the houses thereof taking into consideration the number of flock and the projected expansion plans.
  • Correct or proper installation of farm equipment taking into consideration the required quantities and functionalities.
  • Management of the chicken flock with due to consideration to the minimization of birds mortality which can reduce flocks or production, reduce incomes, bring down the business and kill dreams.
  • Efficient management of the chicken feed and flock with utmost attention to the right feed formulation, pricing, daily feed rations requirements for birds etc.
  • Capacity building of farmers on vaccination and complete vaccination of birds with strict adherence to recommended schedules depending on the required information for the given area.
  • Ensuring efficient management and handling of eggs, one of the most delicate products in a farm.

These, among other prerequisites will help in making the desired start that propels the farmer to profitability. In addition training should be done basically covering the following areas:

  • Bio security of the chicken and how to set up a biosecurity infrastructure and manage it.
  • The various breeds of poultry, their characteristics and attributes.
  • The essence of vaccinating chicken and the vaccination schedules.
  • Poultry diseases (viral, metabolic, protozoal and bacterial), their management and treatment.
  • The physiology and anatomy of chicken.
  • Feeds, feeding and drinking management.
  • Brooding of day old chicks and brooding management.
  • Breeding management.
  • Marketing of poultry and record keeping

 

After training farmers and entrepreneurs are assisted with necessary input linkages and then placed on the path to commercialization.

After training, farmers need to be assisted in the chick placement process and all its requirements and then will need to develop a working relationship with a local public or private extension worker (Animal Health Assistant) as a closer and reliable point of call to facilitate response to emergencies in the farm or alternatively employ qualified Animal Health Assistants for entrepreneurs possessing the ability to employ.

For organizations willing to take their farmers through this process or willing to organize their farmers to commercialize poultry through a model of poultry producer business group of individuals or entrepreneurs seeking assistance in this respect you can contact us through the following email:

Email: improvedkienyeji@gmail.com

Tel: +254711417887.

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SUPPORTING NGOs WORKING ON ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT – CHICKEN

Smallholder poultry farmers, the majority of whom are women, can migrate from subsistence poultry farming to income-generation with their existing stock of indigenous chickens, a small additional investment, and training. Indigenous poultry production is a relatively low-investment activity that can be undertaken alongside other farming activities.

The biggest challenges to the indigenous poultry sector include expensive poultry feeds, disease control, and access to both day-old-chicks and markets. We can help economic development organizations and NGOs to reduce the barriers presented by these challenges through technical support and training to both their staff and beneficiaries.

We can give technical support on how to organize smallholder women and men farmers into Poultry Producer Business Groups (PPBGs) and to facilitate their investment in rural-based poultry marketing enterprises, providing farmers with access to poultry inputs and technical assistance to improve income-generating opportunities for poultry production. We support the establishment of these profitable farmer-owned enterprises that supply necessary inputs to farmers, in particular by helping farmers to produce low-cost, high quality feed, and provide access to urban markets and financial services.

This approach works on Producer Business Group model premise. It has proven to be a cost-effective and efficient, and an organizationally and economically sustainable model. We promote technical assistance and training on poultry best practices, including the use of smallholder farmers’ existing birds to produce eggs for poultry production.

We strategically design the Program to support the agriculture objectives outlined in the Kenya Government’s Vision 2030, the long-term development plan for the nation. Some of the agriculture objectives in Vision 2030 include strengthening producer organizations, improved delivery of extension services, and increasing productivity through access to inputs and services.

All this is aiming to facilitate stakeholder collaboration, improve sector competitiveness, and increase the income of Kenyan smallholder poultry farmers. We hell complement the state initiatives in new areas and promote broader poultry sector competitiveness. Our approach also aim to support women and families by improving access to income and nutritional foods through agriculture production and marketing.

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