Mr Kamamia from Naivasha-Ndabibi said farmers had to lease pasture land, leaving one hectare of dry corn stalks for 2,000 Sh nomadic farmers to cough more money to feed their animals, with the additional cost being passed on to consumers.
He had to significantly reduce his herd to cope with the higher cost of living on. Shepherds are threatened with crippling.
Before feed prices rose, Mr. Kamamia was the proud owner of more than 500 goats and sheep and around 150 cattle.
“I now have around 200 goats and sheep and about 60 cattle. Animal husbandry is no longer an income. We are struggling to survive, ”he told the nation.
He quoted the price of leaking salt and said that a bag used to cost 4,000 Sh. cost and to 5,000 Sh. has risen. “With a large herd, the business is unprofitable,” added Mr. Kamamia.
Like many other ranchers in the remote area, he’s six and seven years old, said that If the government doesn’t control feed prices, he will go out of business.
Mr. Kamamia stated that farmers had to raise the prices of their animals because the cost of feed, grazing land and leaking salt was soaring shot and forced them to adjust their prices.
“A 100 kg bull used to cost 60,000 Sh., but we now sell for 70,000 Sh.”, he said.
He also said the highly contagious foot and mouth viral disease killed their populations and made the situation worse.
“I’m not alone with this. A majority of ranchers are also in the same predicament and if the situation doesn’t improve we might decide to give up the business altogether, ”he said Raising survivors face a bleak future.
“I appeal to the national government to find practical solutions that cushion the cattle and chicken breeders, especially in rural areas,” said Mr Kamamia.
Pain for farmers
Naivasha subdistrict veterinary officer Miriam Nakeel said the rising cost of animal feed has weighed on farmers and pushed slaughter animal prices higher.
“Pig farmers are hardest hit, as most of the ingredients for making feed are imported from neighboring countries,” she said.
There is little the state government can do to alleviate the pain of farmers alleviate and the problem lay directly with the national government.
The feed prices were increased two weeks ago, with a 50 kg sack of broiler fe ed rising to at least 300 Sh.
The most chicken farmers are now choosing to sell their laying hen flock, with egg prices constant in a competitive market at 310 Shillings. stay per bowl.
Chicken Farmer Virginia Gichuhi said a 50kg sack of starter feed sold for Sh3,285, which has risen to Sh3,985 in the past two weeks
“The viable option seems to be to give up the trade. “She said.
Ms. Gichuhi said the price of a day-old chick had also increased from Sh80 to 85, another sign of the difficult times farmers are facing.
Hotel owners refuse to buy eggs at higher prices because they fear they will have to pass the cost on to consumers.
Naivasha feed trader George Gichimu said farmers shied away from buying the products, saying the business has collapsed.
“We are seeing a drop in sales because the majority of our key chicken farmers have gone out of business claiming they have made a loss,” he said.
Kienyeji-Feeds pr ice cream, he said, has increased by Sh200, further hurting the livelihood of most middle earners.
Trader is now cautious about buying stocks, unlike that Past when there was a steady stream of believers flocked to his customers n downtown store.
Earlier this week, butchers turned down buying goat meat after sellers raised prices by more than Sh100. Operators protested the rise in prices at Naivasha slaughterhouse.
Butcher owner Thomas Mulwa said the recent price hike made it difficult to buy goats and sheep from middlemen.
“We usually buy our animals for slaughter directly from farmers, as opposed to those who rely on intermediaries, but if the situation persists we will also be forced to raise meat prices,” he said / p>
His outlet is one of the most popular Nyama Choma restaurants in Naivasha, but during the interview it became clear that the number of customers has decreased.
“Customers have financial problems and they Prices will rise only to spell the doom for the business. To be precise, we are in a catch-22 situation, “said Mulwa.
He warned that if the situation doesn’t change, they will have to raise the price of a kilo of meat from the current price improves Sh570.
The Kenyan Meteorological Service said the onset of seasonal rains is likely to be delayed and marked by intermittent dry spells, particularly in eastern Kenya.
In the highlands west of in the Rift Valley rainfall is likely to begin in September, with the rest of the country expected to begin in the third week of October through the second week of November.