By Busia County GPS
The County Government of Busia will embrace Artificial Insemination to help bridge milk shortage that currently stands at 540,000 Litres.
Amukura Central Ward MCA Moses Ouma alias Mose Baba said the County government has to desist from buying a few dairy animals for individuals since it’s not sustainable.
“ To allocate Sh100,000 to one person is not a viable project; I opted to channel funds for purchase of liquid nitrogen and semen to improve the local breed to cross breed and later to pure breed,” he said.
The MCA said the Ward has partnered with the Department of Agriculture to carry out Artificial Insemination on 100 animals which will deliver 100 cross breed calves in the next nine months, adding that it will also lead to improved milk yield.
Ouma said he will seek more funds in the next Financial Year to inseminate over 1000 animals in his ward, noting that the move will help bridge milk scarcity in the county.
Agriculture CEC Dr Moses Osia thanked the MCA for sponsoring the project and urged other MCAs to follow suit.
“Instead of importing milk from Uganda, we have the ability through science to produce enough for our own consumption and also for export, “he said.
Chief Officer for Animal Resources Eng. Richard Achiambo said the initiative is a noble idea whose time has come.