The Meru Goat Breeders’ Association (MGBA) coordinates the breeding programme and marketing the sales of improved goats. MGBA also shares information with the goat development community in Kenya and the region, contributes to provincial livestock policy and is part of a consortium lobbying for a national livestock board. MGBA carried out trainings (2010/ 2011) to all its 171 groups making 38 training sections, where 3320 farmers were trained on clean milk production and handling. MGBA has revised its constitution to match the current one and was approved during the AGM. MGBA has a dairy goats’ milk processing plant that processes its members’ milk into Caprino products. i. Fresh pasteurized milk ii. Strawberry Flavor Yoghurt iii. Vanilla Flavor Yoghurt iv. Banana Flavor Yoghurt. MGBA has prepared a Milk Processing Plant Strategic and Business Plan for 2010 2015. MGBA has increased milk pay out to its farmers from Kshs. 40 to Kshs. 60 per liter. MGBA through MAHWG (Meru Animal Health Workers’ Group) which is part of MGBA has started Goat Artificial Insemination.
3.2 Challenges With the County system of devolved government some groups in the Tharaka Nithi County would like to sever ties with MGBA, due to the perception that it is “owned” in Meru County It is expensive to rotate bucks to new areas and this has caused inbreeding There is less fodder with the private land tenure system and make it difficult to find enough feed for the goats Time factor given to the project by MGBA management, since it is a farmer led project lacking full time business management opportunity. Resources to carry out capacity building and facilitate proper monitoring of MGBA activities. Level of management skills/ knowledge within the MGBA management. Brokers selling dairy products on behalf of MGBA and thus denying MGBA revenue to run the association. Thirst of leadership among the MGBA members, causing problems in knowing genuine members due to lack of manpower within MGBA to carry out proper monitoring of the Association. Brokers are selling the color of the Toggernburg goat rather than the breed. Inadequate funds to maintain the association activities. The group lacks funds to relocate the milk plant from rented premises to the piece of land allocated to us by the Government. MGBA is not getting new blood into the genetic pool due to the current importation conditions. This has led into in breading.
Published on Feb 21, 2012