3.0 Achievements, challenges and the future This project is rated to have highly impacted on the lives of the beneficiaries within the County and beyond. 3.1 Achievements MGBA through technical support from the Ministry extension staff and other collaborators has achieved the following: The project has successfully coordinated a communitybased goat breeding programme. Toggernburgs and their crosses have proved through MGBA experience to be valuable assets, which are growing faster than local goats and with up to five times the monetary value. Households are selling dairy goats and milk for cash, for example, to buy food or settle school fees or medical bills. Demand for dairy goats and goat milk is increasing day after day as the communities around and the country at large is learning of their benefits through MGBA exhibitions and farmer to farmer extension system to due to the fact that the programme is highly profitable. Crossbred goats have become income generators. Toggernburg female 75% crosses produce 1 ½ 3 liters of highly nutritious milk per day (3 6 times as much as a local goat) and can usually continue to do so during droughts. A pure Toggernburg goat male or female is selling for Kshs. 25,000 while female 75% is selling for Kshs. 7,000 – 9,000 per goat, a male selling between Kshs. 8,000 – 10,000. Household consumption and sales of goats’ milk have both increased due to its nutritional value creating great demand. The growth in dairy goat industry and goat production has stimulated the development of other markets as goat farmers invest their profits in a range of enterprises. MGBA has proved that Toggernburg goats and their crosses are much more resistant to drought that cattle; a living example is the Kenya Dairy Goat Project started through the support of MGBA in terms of experience sharing and supply of breeding materials in Mwingi and Kitui districts. MGBA has helped the start if similar dairy goat projects in Burundi, Mbale and Sironko in Uganda and in several provinces of this country thorough the supply of breeding materials and experiential sharing. MGBA’s method of cut and carry has proven that goat manure is a valuable fertilizer; particularly for good bananas and other crops as plants reduce the need for agrochemicals. Manure and fodder cultivation together represent and integration of livestock and cropping systems. Through MGBA’s good collaboration with the Ministry of Livestock extension staff. Besides material benefits, farmers have gained knowledge, skills and confidence from their goat management experience. Extension staff highlighted better goat housing, fodder cultivation, goat registration and goat valuation (farming as a business). Farmers are particularly proud of the goats they export and visitors they host. Success in goat production enhances status in the community and, for women, within the household. Women can now earn significant incomes from their goats and the respect and cooperation that come with it.
Published on Feb 21, 2012