The month of May saw the people of makutano start the rabbit rearing venture. This aims at providing the residents and members of this group, an investment opportunity that will see them have a regular flow of income. The project also looks forward to improving food security in the village. The members have put up a rabbit cage in one of the member homes, who will be responsible for taking care of the rabbits.
There are an initial number of forty rabbits mostly of the New Zealand white and the Californian white breeds: this is because they have good growth characteristics and high carcass dressing percentage. Rabbit farming, which has long been considered a trade for young people in Makutano, is fast catching on in the area as more adults turn to the small mammals mainly for their profit, prompting the group we work with to venture into it. A mature rabbit costs 20 US dollars which is enough to buy four books for school going children in Makutano.
Rabbit production is one of the livestock enterprises with the greatest potential and room for expansion in makutano region and Kenya at large. This is because of their minimal investment requirements and ability to reproduce fast. Their feed requirement is low, especially with regard to demand for grain. Their housing and disease control management requirements are also low yet their meat is highly nutritious and healthier source of protein when compared with other sources of meat.
We are now working with the group on the rabbit products marketing strategy. This will see their produce gain a competitive edge and hence hit the market. In all this, we are very much grateful to our supporters, for their continued support and we look forward to reaching our objective of economically empowering makutano using 50 solar powered lamps and 2 economic ventures as tools.
Thanks and be blessed abundantly.
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