A number of high-end restaurants have mushroomed in the county over the past few years, especially on the Nairobi-Namanga road
By Jonathan Teikan
Moses Ole Parantai, a dryland scientist and academician in environment and natural resource management, has encouraged the youth to try their hand at poultry farming, noting that the booming hospitality industry in Kajiado presented not only a rare opportunity for poultry farmers, but also one that can greatly contribute to job creation.
Addressing a press conference at his Nalepo farm in Isinya town, where he hosted a field day for nascent farmers, Parantai said that he had been a Kenchic contractor for about a decade. “I can confidently say that if the youth are going to undertake this kind of ventures, then we will experience a drastic reduction in the runaway joblessness in our country.”
A number of high-end restaurants have mushroomed in the county over the past few years, especially on the Nairobi-Namanga road.
Owing to the harsh climatic conditions experienced in different parts of the country, policy leaders have sought to impress on pastoral communities the need to diversify their income streams.
Parantai, who worked in the Poverty Eradication Commission during the Moi regime and was later reappointed to the same commission by former president Mwai Kibaki, firmly believes that the mindset that all what the people of Kajiado can do is livestock keeping is retrogressive.
To raise the initial capital to start businesses, Parantai advised the youth to form chamas, or small co-operatives, further noting that, “When you are an organized group, you can easily pool resources, and you will have the upper hand to secure contracts to supply to either poultry dealers or local hotels and restaurants.”
The farmer said that besides being a lucrative income generating activity — and a more cost-effective venture than livestock keeping, which is more vulnerable to climatic hazards, diseases and pests, high management costs, and inadequate veterinary services — poultry farming also provides supplementary feeding for cattle from poultry manure.
Parantai keeps hundreds of cows at his home which he feeds with natural hay and poultry litter. Studies indicate that the litter is a safe source of proteins, minerals and energy for cattle raised for beef.