Siha keen to promote dairy sector

Siha District Council has earmarked potential investment opportunities in the dairy sector in a view to alleviate poverty in the area.
“Livestock keepers have benefitted very little from their cattle for lack of market development plan for dairy products,” said Dr Barnabas Mbwambo, Acting District Agriculture and Livestock Development Officer. 

According to 2011/12 statistics, Siha District Council has a total 44,969 cattle, 49,988 goats, 33,959 sheep, 3,766 pigs, 2,787 donkeys owned by 26,784 households.

The figure puts the district at the top in the region with the highest number of livestock. “We are inviting potential investors to explore the opportunities offered in the dairy sector, a move that could help in the commercialization of livestock industry,” he said.

Dr Mbwambo added that the district has potentials to reduce poverty and increase income of livestock keepers through feedlot, a scientific method to fatten young castrated males for commercial beef production. 

He said the indigenous cattle breeds are kept by majority in the district to provide ideal beef with low cholesterol and fat. According to the district profile, meat market in Saudi Arabia is underutilized for lack of enough supplies.

Currently, world markets for beef pay much attention to the fat and cholesterol of these products. Feedlot system ensures food security, income and employment to ensure the natural resources are maintained on a sustainable basis through the use of crop residues, by-products and pastures from rangeland.

The introduction of diary industry is one of the potentials for investments. In Siha alone, production of milk from different ranches such as Molomo Ranch and from individuals is high. Livestock keeping is the second main economic activities after crop production in the district.

Major livestock kept in the district include cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys and chicken. Apart from generating income from the sale of livestock produce like hides, animal manure, milk, meat and hooves, livestock is a source of nutrition for Siha.
Source: The Daily News,, reported by Sebastian Mrindoko
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