Innovativeness and adaptations: the way forward for small scale peri- urban dairy farmers in semi-arid regions of South Eastern Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Mutavi, S.K.
dc.contributor.author Kanui, Titus I.
dc.contributor.author Njarui, D. M.
dc.contributor.author Musimba, N.R.K
dc.contributor.author Amwata, Dorothy A.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-23T14:01:22Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-23T14:01:22Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Scientific Research and Innovative Technology Vol. 3 No. 5 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2313-3759
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ijsrit.com/uploaded_all_files/3450239935_v1.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2976
dc.description.abstract Dairy farming is becoming an important livelihood support activity in the semi-arid regions of Kenya. However, it is becoming clear that the dairy farmers are challenged and in the recent past, milk production has not kept up with the demand. This has been linked to poor adaptations and innovativeness of the dairy farmers in these regions. In endeavours to offer solutions and help the dairy farmers improve their production and become resilient, different stakeholders have advocated for adoption of milk and forage production-enhancing innovations by the dairy farmers. This study sought to establish the kind of innovations and adaptive measures carried out by the peri-urban dairy farmers in south eastern Kenya to improve their milk production and their significance to milk production. A sample of 150 farmers from the peri-urban environs of Wote and Machakos towns was used. A semi-structured questionnaire was used and data analysized using descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings show that adoption of dairy technology, Artificial Insemination (AI), fodder crops and crop residue, Tumbukiza Method, stall-feeding, feedstuff chopping, water harvesting, hay barn technology, hay and silage making significantly improved milk production at p<0.05. Co-operative concept had insignificant influence on milk production. It is recommended that the dairy farmers continue to adopt the production-enhancing, forage production-enhancing and forage utilization-enhancing innovations. Mitigation measures should include establishing reliable sources of the dairy cattle, reduction of AI charges and more extension services to the dairy farmers. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Adaptations en_US
dc.subject Adoption en_US
dc.subject Innovativeness en_US
dc.subject livelihood sustainability en_US
dc.subject mitigation measures en_US
dc.title Innovativeness and adaptations: the way forward for small scale peri- urban dairy farmers in semi-arid regions of South Eastern Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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