“I met Caritas Nairobi field officers who were at the time mobilizing farmers with cows for the Kiambu Dairy Project Artificial Insemination services. I was this as an opportunity that would eventually enable this as an opportunity that would eventually enable me supplement my monthly income of between Ksh. 4, 000 and Ksh.6, 000 from increased milk production.
Going by the fact the Caritas Nairobi is a reputable Organisation and it has become a household name in this region since it has ongoing project, I instantaneously signed up for the project and joined a farmers group, Gituamba Dairy Farmers Group, as the project required.
August last year, my cow was serviced with high quality gender selected semen. The current market price for similar semen is between Ksh8, 000–Ksh. 10, 000, this is quiet costly and there no guarantee that a heifer will be calved.
May this year, as guaranteed, my cow calved a heifer. This is quite encouraging and I am now hopeful that milk production in my farm will also increase. Caritas Nairobi field officers have continuously been training us on livestock keeping and issuing fodder seeds for free.
Majority of farmers in my groups have benefited from the AI services. Out of the 25 groups members , 22 members have had their cows services and are currently awaiting calving. This project has empowered farmers and as a community, we are hopeful that dairy enterprises in this region will develop.”