Hand in Hand
One of the food security and economic empowerment program implemented by Hand in Hand foundation in Muranga and Kiambu Count is the Dairy Cow project. The project’s aim is to support Widows and orphans start dairy enterprises to reduce dependence on Aid.
Ruhamah Enterprises is a feed Miller specializing in production of dairy, poultry and pig feeds and feed ingredients. Ruhamah is partnered with USAID-funded program “Feed the Future (FTF) East Africa Catalytic Sustainable Agribusiness Investment” (CSAI), to educate farmers from 4 farmer organizations in Embu, Murang’a & Chuka on good pig and dairy husbandry.
ActivitiesSuccessful activities included:
- Support to Ruhamah to increase sales through fieldays where farmers are trained on pig and Dairy husbandry in a leading farm
- Support ruhamah identify, recruit and build capacity of extension staff to support farmers
- Development of Training materials in dairy and Pig management manual
- Organising farmer exchange visits
- Developing and empowering lead farms that will host training
We collaborated with ACDI VOCA to come up with an online platform to create efficiency in livestock trade in Marsabit and Isiolo counties. Fragmented cattle markets has always left pastoralists as price takers rather than price makers. Imperfect information allows middlemen to profit – surplus that should have remained with the farmers.
LEADING FOOTPATH UGANDA
Bles Dairies is a leading player in Genetics, Consultancy, and supply of high quality holstein Friesian cows. In Kenya, Bles dairy imports high quality cows from netherlands that it suplies to clients. We host a microwebsite for Bles Dairies EA LTD on our platform where farmers can inquire about cows and place orders.
In collaboration with Jonimah Farm, a leading farm in Ngong milking 25 cows, we hosted shareholders of upcoming dairy farm in kenya for one week, where we organised a training, exchange visits to several farms around Nairobi and developed a 5 year dairy business plan for a starting herd of 10 which should grow to xxxx in 5 years.
MIFEREJI HOLDINGs - EMALI, MAKUENI COUNTY
We have supported Mifereji holdings set up a successful dairy farm in Emali, one of the driest areas of Makueni County. Our journey began in managing pastures to ensure we have enough feeds during dry season. Working with contractors, we then modified the cow structure, opening the walls to improve ventilation and raising the roof to reduce heat stress. When fodder and house was ready, we then purchased two cows, then eight. We are planning to add 20 more cows this year.
FRICOMs FARM - TURBO, UASIN GISHU
The owner of this beautiful farm works in Qatar. For long, he has always dreamt of investing in a dairy farm at home in Kenya. We have supported the owner to make this dream become a reality. We started by developing a five year business plan. We then assigned our expert who stays in Eldoret to supervise fodder establishment - planting of maize, to silage preparation. Our expert is currently coaching the farm workers as we awat supply of cows.
The owner of this farm resides in USA. Like Fricom, the owner has always dreamt of starting a farm in his rural home in Kisii, where the wife resides. Like most of our clients, we started by drafting a 5 year plan, with details of strt up requirement and budget. Our experts then supported the farm to recruit farm manager, plant and conserve fodder and supply cows. Today, Abram boasts of a vibrant dairy farm with 20 cows.
AKIBAYA FARM (Kisumu), GLIDER FARM(Muhoroni), CENTRE 84 FARM (Maseno) and several others
We are guiding the farm set up process of these farms supporting them in drawing a dairy investment plan, advising in establishing fodder, building for the cows, purchase of cows and recruiting farm workers on behalf of farm owners