Amazing Field Validation Results for Chumvi Kuria

Amazing Field Validation Results for Chumvi Kuria

The need to develop the invention was first realized following a survey during which the status of important mineral elements for camels was evaluated in the key forage species for camels in Marsabit County. This evaluation revealed inadequacies in potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and zinc. Based on the findings of this survey, an original mineral formulation was prepared and tested in the field using lactating camels. Results from the field trial indicated an increase in milk yield by about 35% and calf growth by 39%. The positive results from the field trial informed commencement of a survey similar to the one conducted in Marsabit County in Garissa and Wajir Counties with a view of establishing whether the original mineral formulation could also apply effectively in the north eastern region of Kenya which host nearly 60% of Kenya camel population. The survey results suggested deficiencies of minerals as was the case in Marsabit County albeit with some differences in the level of deficiencies between the two regions. Further, the results revealed deficiencies in selenium which had not been analysed for in Marsabit. A decision was made to subject the original mineral formulation to another field trial in Garissa/Tana River and Wajir counties but this time tested against a variant which incorporated selenium (the invention), with a control. The objectives of developing the chumvi Kuria invention were therefore three fold: i) To provide a fairly well balanced mineral supplement for camels to help meet deficiencies in potassium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc and selenium in the wider northern Kenya; ii) To enhance milk production in lactating camels and also calf growth; iii) To provide a fairly affordable camel feed supplement. The pictures below illustrates field testing of Chumvi Kuria and the outcomes;

Figure 1: Packaged Chumvi Kuria as was being used in the field

Figure 2: Individual feeding of Chumvi Kuria to Camels in the Field