The Nakuru County Government has launched a programme to help improve sheep breeds in the County.
The CECM Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr. Immaculate Maina, who officially launched the improved breed sheep distribution, said that in providing pure breeds to farmers, not only will improve their breeds but also provide economic stability. Under the ‘Revitalizing merino sheep farming’ project, the County government in collaboration with Farming Systems Kenya (FSK) plans to distribute up to 2,000 sheep across the four sub counties of Njoro, Molo, Kuresoi North and Kuresoi South to over 1,900 beneficiaries.
The CEC spoke as she launched the project where 150 farmers in Mauche ward, Njoro Sub- County, received 120 merino sheep.
Mr. Mugo Ng’ang’a, the FSK chairman, said that the program will go a long way in improving sheep breed, boosting wool and mutton production in addition to increasing the number of pure bred merino sheep.
The County has previously launched other breed improvement programmes that has seen 100 Sahiwal and Boran bulls, 130 Galla bucks goats and 130 Dorper rams distributed to farmers in addition to 30 Toggenberg dairy goats.