A Facebook post claiming that poultry farming supports over 160 households in Uasin Gishu county is true based on a study conducted by the University of Nairobi and a report published by the government.
Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago through his official Facebook page on June, 28th, 2021 published a post indicating that poultry farming supports over 160 households in the county. According to the post, since 2014, the county government has supported 2,913 women groups under the ‘Inua Mama na Kuku’ initiative with 409,000 chicks.
The claims by the county government are true based on a 2016 study by the University of Nairobi highlighting factors favouring poultry farming in Uasin Gishu county. The data collected by the university solicited information in the form of farm inputs such as the land area under poultry farming, quantity of feeds used, quantity of vaccines administered, quantity of labour used and quantity of energy used and socio-economic factors.
The result shows that a 1% increase in land use would result in a 0.2018% increase in output, a majority (53%), 53 out of 100 of the poultry projects farmers are middle-aged adults between 31-40 years.
In general, the study focused on socio-economic variables excluding engagement in other activities and access to credit.
To improve poultry farming, the study recommended that the government should lower the cost of electricity and control the inflation rate in the country.
Furthermore, the county government also published a report on the general Inua Mama na Kuku project. The project saw the county contract experts drawn from a consultancy firm (Opportunity Africa) to conduct training and supply of chicks. The report also highlighted the women groups that are benefiting from the project.
Radio Shahidi fact desk has looked into the claim of poultry farming supporting households and finds it true that poultry farming supports over 160 households in Uasin Gishu County.
This story was produced by Radio Shahidi in partnership with Code for Africa, Kenya Community Media Network and the Catholic Media Council with support from the German Cooperation as a part of the Our County Our Responsibility project.