Agricultural Projects - Livestock
This section covers diﬀerent guidelines on Agricultural production and management, livestock production, aquaculture, environmental management and nutrition. It contains topics that the 4-K Clubs can undertake at individual and club level. However, the choice of the project will depend on the resources, skills, prevailing weather patterns and individual
Chicken farming is the most common, and most practiced of all animal farming. It’s affordable, easy to start and quite self-managing. Chickens are reared for their meat, and for eggs.
Beekeeping in Kenya has been practiced for a long time. The traditional beekeepers use simple hives often made from hollowed logs. The empty hives placed high up on trees become occupied by passing swarms and in due course are harvested for honey. There are diﬀerent types of hives that allow the user to freely move combs during inspections.
Rabbits are small mammals found all over the world. The female is a doe, the male is a buck, and the young one is a kid. Rabbit keeping is a popular enterprise for the youth. They can be kept in doors in a cage or in a pen. Rabbits are quick growing and reproduce quickly. Their meat is of high quality just like that of chicken.
Goats and Sheep
Sheep and goats are a popular source of meat for ceremonies, parties and casual roasting in social places. Goat milk is very popular due to its nutritional benefits. It is a good source of protein and contains less sugar than cow milk.
Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, crustaceans, molluscs and sea weeds among others. Fish and fsh products are valuable sources of protein and essential micronutrients. The white meat is highly digestible, low in cholesterol but rich in protein, vitamins (particularly A and D) and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus.
Pigs are important livestock for income generation because they are prolific (reproduce very fast) and have ready market.