On July 5th, Turkey’s state development made a significant contribution to Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), in their goal to strengthen food security in Western Kenya.
This was done on behalf of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency’s (TIKA) Sustainable Organic Livelihoods Enhancement Program (SOLEP), which is in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on agriculture and zero hunger.
The contribution involved KALRO receiving four modern Turkish hatchery development machines, each with their own 4,800-capacity egg incubator. They also donated incinerators, chicken feed machines, lab equipment, vacuum pumps and other useful machines.
Deputy institute director of KALRO, Dovicus Okutoyi said “for a long time we were unable to conduct any lab analysis due to lack of equipment, and we’re grateful to the Turkish government for the donation of equipment and for assisting us in general.”
In another part of their cooperative aid, the Turkish agency is also inviting residents of Kakamega to come get free day-old chicks and chicken feed.
Emre Yüksek, TIKA’s coordinator in Kenya, shed further light on their intentions, “Instead of just giving them food, through this facility we are providing them with better quality breeds and feed, thus fulfilling our aim in assisting smallholder farmers, especially women-headed households, to contribute to their income especially during this pandemic.”
KALRO stated that now Kenya has the potential to not only meet its domestic poultry demands but also produce surplus for export, all thanks to TIKA’s contributions.
Based on TIKA’s statistics, Kenya has an estimated poultry population of 31 million birds. Indigenous chicken make up 75% of this total, followed by a 22% mix of broilers and layers, and 1% of parent stocks. The combination of other poultry species like ducks, geese, turkeys, quails, etc. make up for the remaining 2% of production.
According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO), Kenya’s GDP is quite reliant on its agriculture, as it contributes to it by 26% and is fundamental to Kenya’s economy, with the sector employing almost half of the country’s population.
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