CASE STUDY – FLORENCE MWABILI – POULTRY FARMER – MWATATE SUB COUNTY
My name is Florence Mwabili, and I am a mixed species poultry farmer. I live at Land in Mwatate subcounty of Taita Taveta county. This area is mixed arid to semi arid and sometimes crop production activities do not yield much.
I keep both exotic and indigenous chicken. I also have a 500 capacity incubator which I use to incubate and hatch KARI indigenous chicks as well as other genotypes.
My husband works in Naivasha and on request he usually supplies me with fertile KARI indigenous eggs when he visits home, which I incubate and hatch chicks.
I have also on request, incubated eggs on behalf of my neighbours and other farmers at an agreed fee.
I sell both day old as well as month old chicks.
I also operate an indigenous chicken stall in Mwatate town, which serves as an outlet for my indigenous chicken products.
Although I keep different species of chicken, I now intend to concentrate on the KARI improved indigenous chicken, since I have been receiving inquiries from many interested farmers who want to venture in indigenous chicken farming. I have myself also taken note of the big size of eggs which the KARI layers produce and which is a major attraction to most farmers considering that the unimproved indigenous ones they keep produce very small eggs which can not fetch good prices or be in demand from the market. The eggs I collect from the KARI layers I sell to the market, and also use as a source of nutrients in my family. I have packed these eggs you see for posting to my children in Nairobi.