How to Make Poultry Feed Affordable

NAIROBI - Today experts are meeting in Nairobi to discuss chicken as cheaper food and a much more profitable farming business venture.

Many have said that it is only in Kenya where a chicken meal is more expensive than other alternative sources of protein. The tag of a rich-man's meal has impacted negatively on the development of poultry industry in the country.

The prohibitive cost of chicken meat is due to the high costs of production with up to 70 per cent of the production costs being on feeds. Recently manufacturers have awoken up to the adage that "apart we perish" and have formed an umbrella body called Association of Kenya Feed Manufacturers.

One of their key objectives is to come up with standards and policy recommendations for the ministry to implement and enforce to create sanity in the feed milling industry.

With the collapse of cotton and sunflower production, feed millers have had to import some raw materials, exorbitantly, from neighbouring countries. Kenya is still the only country dependent on sardines - locally known as omena, as the main source of essential animal protein in feed production.

Source: AllAfrica
calendar icon 6 May 2005
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