“I Benefited from Kiambu Dairy Project” Edward Kinyanjui 70, Gituamba, Gatundu North

“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.”

“I now Own a Hybrid Cow” Samuel Mwangi, 60, in Hawatathi, Gatundu North.

“The Kiambu Dairy Project is transforming the dairy industry at the community level. Farmers are empowered with skills and resources, which enable them to become independent. As a beneficiary of this project I can confidently say that Caritas Nairobi is enabling me realise my dream of large-scale dairy farming.

I am a small- scale farmer practising mix farming. I generate income from selling my farm produce mostly milk and tea. From these, I generate between Ksh.2, 000 and Ksh.4, 000 per month. These earning are meagre, as I am barely able to cater for my needs.

At most, my cow only produces 6 litres of milk per day from which I sell 4 litres at Ksh.25 Shillings per litre. My desire has always been to venture into large-scale dairy farming, but my income cannot afford ,e a hybrid cow that can produce more milk and also calve hybrids. When I learnt about the Caritas Nairobi Artificial Insemination project, I felt relieved because with their assistance, my dream will not be farfetched.

I joined a farmers group and towards the end of August last year, my cow was serviced. The heifer was calved this year. The Caritas Nairobi project has truly renewed my hopes, I am sure that eventually I will be able to produce milk on a large scale. Additionally, the aspect of the farmers groups ensures the sustainability and it places farmers at a higher level to market for supply and negotiate for better prices.”