KALRO Innovates a new Chicken Breed that lays more eggs
March 16, 2020
The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization has introduced a new super breed of chicken that produces 230-250 eggs per year compared to the normal kienyeji hens that lay 80-100 eggs per year.
KALRO’s Steven Mwangi Miano made the announcement last Friday at a function held at the Busia Agricultural Training Centre.
Miano, the Director of Non-Ruminant Research at KALRO, noted that demand for eggs and chicken was getting higher and higher in the country.
The new breed will produce as much as 150 more eggs than the normal kienyeji chicken.
Miano said that KALRO had already been distributing the new improved chicks to farmers since 2016.
950,000 of the new chicks have been given out so far.
A new facility in Kakamega would churn out 12,000 chicks every month and the Naivasha one would produce 38,000 per month.
According to Miano, the move was meant to help Western Kenya farmers to engage in more productive farming.
He lamented that Western Kenya was still importing a lot of eggs from Uganda.
KALRO aims to train 400 trainers from Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, West POkot, Baringo, Kericho, Bomet, Kisumu, Lamu, Nyeri, Busia, Wajir, Taita Taveta, Machakos, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Tharaka Nithi, and Isiolo on the production of the new breeds.
The organization was also on the hunt for new partnerships with organizations that can see to the training of farmers to begin producing eggs, and that this training would speed up chick production so that more farmers can access the new chicks.
More than 500,000 smallholder farmers will be direct beneficiaries of the new breeds of chicken.
KALRO is calling on youths to form groups and engage in the production of insect protein to supplement the cost of chicken feeds.
Producing insect protein for chicken would eliminate competition between humans and chicken for the same feeds.
Kenyans produce 42 million poultry birds per year. 82% or indigenous, 9% layers, and 7.4% are broilers.