Constraints and Opportunities Among Small Scale Peri-Urban Dairy Farmers in the South Eastern Kenya Rangelands

Show simple item record Amwata, Dorothy A. Mutavi, S.K. 2018-02-27T11:41:40Z 2018-02-27T11:41:40Z 2018-01
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Scientific Research and Innovative Technology, Vol. 5 No. 1 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2313-3759
dc.description.abstract In Kenya’s semi-arid regions, small scale farmers are becoming adaptive and resilient by embracing dairying as livelihood-support activity against expert’s advice. In order to improve their dairying, the farmers are adopting improved dairying technologies, which have direct impact on milk yield, household’s income generation and dairy development. However, dairying in these semi-arid regions is faced with numerous constraints that impact negatively on dairy production and livelihoods of the farmers. The objective of this study was to determine the constraints the farmers faced and mitigation measures being initiated. The study was carried out in two peri-urban environs in agro-ecological zone IV in Machakos and Makueni Counties and 150 farmers were interviewed. Self-practiced dairying and forage technologies were listed and constraints affecting each were studied. Farmers’ perception of the constraints affecting each technology was analysized and then the constraints’ levels as perceived by the dairy farmers were ranked. Lack of awareness or knowledge of the technology and extension services and the high costs for initial purchase or implementation and maintenance were ranked high for most of the technologies. Improvement of extension services to create awareness and improve understanding, together with improvement of access to credit were acknowledged as some of the mitigation measures to enhance the utilization of these adaptive technologies for increased milk production and sustainable livelihoods of the dairy farmers. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Adaptations en_US
dc.subject Constraints en_US
dc.subject Mitigation en_US
dc.title Constraints and Opportunities Among Small Scale Peri-Urban Dairy Farmers in the South Eastern Kenya Rangelands en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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