Kiboko Achievements

1. Evaluation of the performance of small ruminant improvement programmes and nutritive deficiencies in the southern range land

• Small ruminant value chain analysis was carried out and report written
• Literature survey report on small ruminant improvement and marketing strategies  conducted
• Farmers training manual on breeding, housing, feeding and marketing developed

2. Evaluation and promotion of appropriate deworming packages for improving production of goats, sheep and calves in semi arid areas of Kenya

1. Literature review on existing helminth control methods completed
2. Proposal developed complete with work plans, log frame and budgets
3. Purchased some critical equipments
4. Several planning meeting held
5. Animals for the on-station experiment identified

3.  Improve the income of farmers/livestock keepers in the ASALs through honey production and marketing

1. Literature and characterization of honey production and its Markets in Kibwezi, Makueni  Kajiado districts as well as Nairobi
2. Identification of trainees, common interest groups (CIGs) and CBOs to implement hive products activities in Kibwezi and Makueni districts
3. Attended beekeeping workshops on National beekeeping policy in Embu and Nairobi
4. Identified  partners eg National Bee Keeping Station, Honey Care, Agricultural Technology and Information Programme (ATIP)
5. Sampled honey from target Divisions for quality analysis  at KARI Naivasha; Note:  this analysis has not been completed to date
6. Reviewed draft National beekeeping policy and made recommendations
7. Developed training manual for trainers in beekeeping
8. Developed brochure for training CBOs/CIGs.
9. Farmer representatives identified for training
10. Participatorily identified plants considered to be bee forages and ranked the best 10.
11. Identified successful hive products farmer groups, NGOs and processing units where farmers could be taken on field tour for hands-on learning from successful organization.
12. Wrote and presented two conference papers:  “The Socio economic profile of beekeeping in southern rangelands of Kenya” (APSK) and “The challenges facing beekeeping industry in the southern rangelands” (Egerton); Note:  We were not sponsored to attend the conferences


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