Exploring Livestock Breeding Excellence: Turkana County Technical Team Visits Nandi for Benchmarking
A team of technical experts from the Livestock Development Department, led by County Executive for Agriculture, Livestock Development, and Fisheries David Erukudi, visited Nandi County for a benchmarking trip on livestock breeding.
Accompanied by GIZ staff, the team was warmly welcomed at Kapsabet by Dr. Kiplimo Lagat, Nandi County's Executive Committee Member for Agriculture and Cooperative Development.
This visit was made possible through the "Strengthening Capacity of IGAD to Increase Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa (SCIDA III)" project, facilitated by GIZ. The project, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is being implemented in Turkana and West Pokot Counties.
During their visit to Kibois Breeding Limited in Chesumei Constituency, the team received a comprehensive briefing on breeding, reproduction, health vaccination, and disease management of Doper Sheep. Kibois Breeding Limited is renowned as a model farm and a centre of excellence for dorper breeding in the North Rift region.
Dr. Lagat mentioned that Kibois Company had gained international recognition due to its brand and revealed that the current focus was to increase production to meet the growing market demand.
CECM Erukudi highlighted that this learning visit provided valuable insights into the profitability and viability of commercializing livestock production in Turkana. He shared the County Government of Turkana's efforts to enhance livestock production and productivity with the Nandi team.
Isaac Kosgei, the Director of Kibois Breeding Limited, expressed the organization's dedication to gala goats and dorper sheep, having secured a ready market both locally and internationally.
Other attendees included Dr. Ezekiel Etelej, the County Chief Officer for Livestock Development, as well as Directors Dr. Benson Long'or (Veterinary Services) and John Eipa (Livestock Production).
Leading the GIZ team was Flora Kang, the County Programme Coordinator for SCIDA III.