International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.4 (6), pp. 97-104, June 2016
Available online at https://www.journalissues.org/IJAPR/
Article 16/ID/JPR037/8/ pages
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Original Research Article
A comparative performance of indigenous chicken in Baringo and Kisumu Counties of Kenya for sustainable agriculture
Atela J. A.*1 , Ouma P. O.,2 Tuitoek J.1 , Onjoro P. A.1 and Nyangweso S. E3
1Animal nutrition Group, Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University, P.O Box 536, Egerton-20115, Kenya.
2Agricultural Education, University of Eldoret, P.O. Box 1125 Eldoret, Kenya.
3The Biochemistry Department Egerton University, P.O Box 536, Egerton-20115, Kenya.
*Corresponding Author Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
The population of the world continues to increase especially in developing countries calling for increased food production which puts great pressure to develop a more sustainable agricultural economic activity throughout the world. The demand for white meat from chicken as a source of proteins has also increased. Production of free ranging indigenous chicken could provide solution to cheaper proteins at lower production costs. Nutritional studies conducted on indigenous chicken, Gallus domesticus showed that improved productivity can be achieved through improved feeding using locally available feed and supplementation. The indigenous chicken sector plays an important role in rural livelihoods and has great potential for development. A survey was conducted in April, 2014 in Baringo and Kisumu counties in Kenya to obtain information on commonly used feedstuffs, household characteristics, purpose of keeping chicken, flock size, flock management, performance parameters, feeding practices and prices of eggs and live birds. Inferential and descriptive statistical analysis was done using SPSS. The results showed that there were significant differences between female and male farmers’ participation in indigenous chicken farming (p<0.002). The difference in the performance of indigenous chicken between the two counties was significant (p<0.0064). There was no significant disparity between the two counties in terms of the feeds the farmers used (p<0.8413).
Key words: Feed resources, performance, free ranging, indigenous chicken, sustainable agriculture