The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) in Naivasha has unveiled a new indigenous chicken which is disease-resistant and which doubles the current yield capacity.
According to the People Daily, the breed, dubbed; improved Karlo indigenous chicken, matures faster and lays between 220 to 280 eggs every year.
According to Dr David Miano of Karlo’s Non-ruminant Research Centre who offers more insight of the new breed states that, “This breed is disease resistant and starts laying eggs only five months after hatching. It doesn’t require any special care and can be fed just like other indigenous chicken, hence the low-cost of production,’’ revealed, Dr. Miano.
In Nakuru County, an egg from indigenous chicken retails between Sh20 and Sh30 compared to those from hybrid layers, which retails at Sh10 and Sh15.
Nakuru farmers can buy improved Karlo indigenous chicks at Sh100, while a tray of 30 fertile eggs go for Sh1,000 at Kalro’s Non-Ruminant Research Centre in Naivasha.