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Box 3:  MGBA’s vision, mission and objectives MGBA   Vision:  To   become   a   leading   goat   breeding   organization   supporting   a   vibrant   national goat industry. Mission   Statement:  To   offer   good   management,   this   will   facilitate   production   of   high   quality dairy goats for the benefit of its members. Basic  objectives : These are:  To   develop,   promote   and   safeguard   identified   Toggernburg   breed   for   food   and  livestock production.  To create a forum for Toggernburg breeders to share ideas, information and to educate  and train each other through farmer to farmer extension method.  To implement and monitor the dairy goat breeding scheme as designed.  To promote and sustain performance and pedigree recording of the members’ herds  and any other herd whose owners value animal recording.  To assist members to market their goats and goat products.  To lobby for goat farmers’ interests as maybe deemed necessary.  To network with other goat breeder’s associations/societies including the Kenya Stud  Book in sharing experiences and also disseminating their lessons learnt. Immediate Objectives: These are:   To   become   financially   self­sustaining   by   undertaking   prudent   investment   in  diversification and value adding of products and services.  To strengthen its technical and managerial capacities so as to run the association on  sound corporate like principles and practices. Long Objectives: These are:   To   alleviate   poverty   and   improve   the   living   standards   of   goat   farmers   in   the  association through increased income generation and improved nutrition.  Genetic up gradation of local goats with superior exotic breed (Toggenburg).  1.5. Activities of MGBA The following are the core activities performed by MGBA: a) Carrying out breeding programmes through rotation of bucks in both districts. This is  an exercise to move or rotate bucks after 1­1 ½ years to avoid inbreeding. b) Carrying out goats’ identification by ear tagging to facilitate proper recording of goats  within the groups. c) Checking the health of entire flock in their groups e.g. hoofing trimming, housing and  other related problems. d) Organizing local shows for dissemination and goat auction. e) Judging and inspection of breeding animals for quality breeding and judging in major  shows. f) Training farmers on their area of experience. g) Monitoring of groups’ activities and keeping their records for information flow. 8

Case 5 Meru Goat Breeders Association  
Case 5 Meru Goat Breeders Association  

Case 5 Meru Goat Breeders Association

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