Farmers from Kabichbich have a reason to add chicken farming to their long list of farming ventures. This is after the Ministry of Trade & Cooperatives introduced the community to Poultry cooperative, an intiative that will ensure that each farmer gets value for their produce.
Speaking at the meeting, Chief Officer in charge of Investment and Cooperative Development Linus Losialima encouraged the farmers to embrace this new venture in order to boost their income. “The Poultry cooperative will ensure that no broker will steal from you. Gone are the days when farmers would suffer in the hands of greedy brokers purporting to be helping the farmers yet they are busy enriching themselves at the expense of the farmer.” He said.
|Mr. Linus Losialima - CO Investment and Cooperative Development|
The Chief Officer expressed his unrelenting war towards the culture of ‘free things’. “We have to get rid of this culture of sitting down and waiting for free things. People have to wake up and work hard. Let us join our hands and effort towards forming of cooperatives. This way we shall get rid of laziness. Cooperatives help us complement each other.” He concluded.
The Pokot Poultry Cooperative was started in 2014 and officially launched in 2015. The aim of the cooperative is to eradicate poverty in the region. The cooperative has over 200 members from West Pokot County and boasts of a plot, an office, an incubator, a freezer and a standby generator.
The Cooperative Vice Chairperson Jane Chesikwa expressed confidence that the cooperative is the solution to poultry farmers who have suffered for long due to low prices in the market. “The day we have all been longing for is finally here. Let us now grab this opportunity with both hands and excel in it. White meat has been recommended by health experts and we should therefore seize this opportunity and capitalize on it. The market is ready for us!” She exclaimed.
|Mr. Losialima addressing Farmers|
William Odhiambo, the Poultry Officer West Pokot said that the Ministry together with the Cooperative will work with Kukuchick to supply the farmers with chicks at a subsidized price. He also urged women to concentrate on chicken farming because chicken is considered as a mother’s cow. “Let us work with our cooperative and officers to make money out of chicken farming.” He said.
Farmers who may want to join the cooperative will be required to a pay registration fee of Kshs. 1,000 or for those who want to own the company can do so by buying shares. Each share costs Ksh.10 and for one to become a full shareholder, he/ she has to buy 500 shares, which translates to Ksh.5, 000.