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No kidding, goats mean good business

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By SAMMY WAWERU
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On his quarter acre in Mwihoko, Kiambu County, Joseph Mathenge has set up a wooden pen where he keeps his 17 goats.

Measuring 30 feet long, 8 feet wide and 13.7 feet high, the cage is raised 3 feet high from the ground to curb pests like fleas.

Just below the iron sheets, there is a four- feet space where Mathenge stores his animal feeds such as Boma Rhodes and lucerne hay and dairy meal as the urban farmer seeks to maximise space.

“Space is always limited, therefore, we must utilise well all that is available by putting things like stores before the roof,” he offers.

Adjacent to the main pen there is a small cage that hosts Mathenge’s 10 kids.

“I have sold more than 100 goats since I began this project in 2011 because I cannot accommodate all of them in my compound,” he discloses, noting a mature doe fetches up to Sh40,000. Mathenge, an electrician, started the goat side hustle with Sh5,000, money he used to buy a doe from Nyeri. He then hired a buck to service the animal, increasing his herd over the years.

“Goats are one of the easiest animals to rear because they feed less, need little space and their milk fetches more money,” he notes as he takes Seeds of Gold through his day’s schedule.

He starts by ensuring the pens, water and feeding troughs are thoroughly cleaned.

“Hygiene is paramount as far as goat keeping is concerned. The pens should always be clean, water must be fresh and clean and food must be of good quality.”

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Each of his seven lactating goat offers him three to seven litres of milk a day. In the morning, each of the animals offers one-and-a-half to two litres, and a similar amount in the evening.

“I sell the milk at Sh200 per litre to people in Ruiru and Kiambu, as well as institutions such as hospitals. Most people buy a quarter litre,” says Mathenge, who rears German Alpine goats and their crossbreeds, and also uses socal media to sell the animals.

Simon Wagura, who runs Country Farm, an agro-consultancy, says that as a good practice, goat kids should be bottle-fed to avoid overfeeding them.

“Alpine goats are the best milk producers,” he says, adding that, “Lactating does rarely reduce milk output until they are served. An Alpine goat can be milked for up to eight months after calving.”

Goat feeds, according to him, should be balanced for better growth and high production.

“It’s important to note that dry matter encourages them to consume a lot of water, which in turn helps in milk production. Further, dry matter is free of parasites.”



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Coronavirus: Lenku waives taxes for Kajiado traders – KBC

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Traders in Kajiado can now breathe a sigh of relief after the County Government waived all taxes and levies for the next three months.

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Governor Joseph Lenku said the move was meant to ensure business continuity and cushion residents from higher food prices during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 quarantine period.

While issuing the directive the Governor said his government is fully aware that the Coronavirus-19 pandemic has impacted many businesses negatively with many suffering huge losses, enterprises closing down as many workers lose their livelihoods as a result of the slow pace of business.

“I have directed the County Department of Finance to waive all taxes and levies for the months of April to June 2020. We need businesses to thrive so that our people can have food supplies in affordable prices in these difficult times we are all facing,” said Lenku.

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All daily market and transit Cess fees on agricultural produce, Slaughterhouse inspection fees and Monthly parking fees for Passenger Service Vehicles (PSVs) have also been suspended with immediate effect.

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On the County’s preparedness to combat the virus, Lenku revealed that 150 health workers had already been trained on prevention, control and management of the Corona virus pandemic with Ksh 50 million set aside to cater for the purchase of protective gear for the medical staff.

He noted that three isolation centres at the Kajiado Referral Hospital, Kitengela Sub-County Hospital and OlKesasi Health Centre in Ongata Rongai had been set up with two other centres being set up in Oloitokitok and Namanga.

Lenku further directed all business enterprises that deal with essential goods and services and are still operating to ensure that their customers observe the recommended social distancing when transacting.

Currently, 81 people in Kenya have tested positive for Covid-19 with more than 1,500 others put on quarantine awaiting further testing.

Kajiado County is among the five counties listed by Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe, as hotspots with the first positive case being reported in Kenya coming from the County. Others are Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Nairobi.

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Mother and her two daughters arrested for murder in Siaya

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The trio is said to have beaten him senseless before retreating to their house

A mother and her two daughters were on Tuesday evening arrested in connection with the murder of a man suspected to have been beaten to death in Ukwala Township of Siaya County.

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The 37-year-old woman who is a primary school teacher and her daughters are locked up at Ukwala Police Station after the body of the deceased, said to be the caretaker of a plot neighbouring the teacher’s house, was found along a footpath.

Ugenya sub county police commander, Willy Simba who confirmed the incident, identified the deceased as Davine Otieno Ogunja.

Simba said that a member of the public called the police with information that a person had been beaten to death by three women.

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“The officers visited the scene and found the body which had no visible injuries,” said the police commander.

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He said that preliminary investigations have revealed that the deceased had a quarrel with the family after he objected to one of the daughters hanging clothes on the fence of a plot where he works as a caretaker.

Simba said that a bitter argument ensued between one of the teacher’s daughters and the caretaker, attracting the attention of her mother and another of her daughters who all pounced on Ogunja.

The trio is said to have beaten him senseless before retreating to their house.

The police commander said that the body of the deceased was removed to Ukwala sub county hospital mortuary to await a post mortem examination, adding that the suspects will be arraigned in court once investigations were complete.

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Esther Passaris bashed for donating sanitary pads branded with her photo – Nairobi News

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Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris has been bashed for donating sanitary pads with her pictures plastered on them.

Passaris posted on her social media pages the packets of sanitary pads she was donating to Nairobi students.

“900 cartons of quality menstrual hygiene products dispatched today so that our girls in Nairobi County can experience their menstruation in dignity and free of shame. No one should choose between a sanitary pad or meal. #TwendeKazike,” she wrote.

She handed the donation to the Kenya Red Cross for distribution. She later said that the donation was made by the National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) which falls under the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs and the Chinese embassy.

Many netizens wondered why the Woman Rep branded the sanitary pads with her pictures.

Sital Chandaria wrote, “It’s donated thru yr office, not by u….why your pic…yr position is temporary, but the donation should not be associated with u but yr office…next time think long term.”

Mayodi_H commented, ” what was the cost of the branding? Certainly, it would have added an extra carton or so… but since you are headless, we move…..”

Teve posted, “The money you used on branding could have been used to buy more pads. What happens after you are no longer in office? the noble project dies? Think sustainability.”

“Nice gesture but did you have to print all the pads? Stop playing PR stunts with vulnerable Kenyans. If you want to help, help ppl out without such f****ry,” wrote Deejay Sylar.

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“Tenda wema nenda zako. Must you include your picture on the sanitary pads?” said Otieno Oloo.

Ericko bara posted, “Must you put your picture on them ,,this is hypocrisy of the highest order.”

Maigua Steve commented, “Lazima ungeeka picha yako hapo @EstherPassaris. Huezi kufa, billionaire @JackMa hakubrand mask na hakukufa. It’s your job to do what you did, not a favor. May you see this and probably block me. Smh!”

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