Poultry & Beekeeping
The poultry programme was conceived as a means of addressing protein deficiency in community diets and to provide sustainable economic opportunities for participants.
Trials were undertaken in 2016 with the aim of selecting the most suitable breeds for both broilers and layers.
Since then, 1,000 birds per year are distributed in groups of one cock and five hens per household. The beneficiaries, predominantly women, are identified through community liaison committees.
The programme has now been expanded to include feed formulation from locally grown inputs as an integral part of the Pavi Business Park.
By February 2019, estimates indicate that more than 250,000 eggs have been laid and 50,000 chicks hatched in the community.
Apiculture is a growing livestock subsector in Kenya and was recently added to our livelihood projects. After a successful trial period in 2017, the programme was expanded to include 35 community groups in Matuga, Msambweni and Lunga Lunga Sub-counties, operating a total of 240 hives.
In addition to providing hives, Base Titanium has also donated bee suits, sieves and centrifuges to enable the groups to manage their hives safely and process their harvests into good quality honey. The modern hives used in the programme can yield up to 15 litres of honey every 3 months.
The venture is proving to be extremely successful, with each hive generating an annual profit 45,000 shillings (US$450).