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Trop Anim Health Prod. 2018 Jan;50(1):37-41. doi: 10.1007/s11250-017-1397-2. Epub 2017 Sep 16.

Constraints affecting dairy goats milk production in Kenya.

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1
Department of Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 29053, Nairobi, 00625, Kenya. christineminoo@yahoo.com.
2
Department of Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology, University of Nairobi, P.O. Box 29053, Nairobi, 00625, Kenya.
3
Department of Clinical Studies, Nairobi, Kenya.

Abstract

In Kenya, the population of dairy goats is about 200,000 and 80% of these are reared in Mount Kenya region. They provide a quick source of milk for consumption or sale, which has an immense value especially to poor households. The small land sizes required for their rearing are especially useful in these highly populated areas. Although much research has been done on problems faced by dairy cattle farmers, limited information is available on problems faced by dairy goat farmers. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the constraints affecting dairy goat production in Mount Kenya region. In a cross-sectional survey, 157 farmers were interviewed on major constraints using a semi-structured questionnaire. The results from the questionnaires showed that the main problems experienced by these farmers were as follows: lack of market of milk and goats 45% (71/157), diseases 33% (52/157), high cost of concentrates 25% (38/157), lack of feed 19% (30/157), problems of unreliable buck rotation program 16.5% (26/157), and insecurity 1.8% (3/157). The study revealed that dairy goat farmers in the region faced by a number of challenges and therefore, our recommendation is there is a need for farmers to be trained on innovative ways of value chain addition and other strategies to market their milk. Additionally, the government should put resources to salvage the milk plant and association members should put firm measures to improve management. Creation of farmer awareness, treatment, and disease control measures should be instituted to improve productivity.

KEYWORDS:

Constraints; Dairy goats; Kenya; Production

PMID:
28918468
DOI:
10.1007/s11250-017-1397-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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