(Xinhua) -- Kenya plans to use embryo transfer
technology in order to improve its dairy cattle breeds, the
government agricultural agency said on Thursday.
Agricultural Development Corporation
(ADC) Managing Director Richard Aiyabei told Xinhua in Nairobi
that a significant proportion of the country’s dairy population
consists of local breeds which have low milk production.
“Embryo transfer technology will be
used to increase the average daily milk production from the
current 15 liters per cattle to 30 liters per cattle,”
Aiyabei said on the sidelines of the Kenya Alliance of
Resident Associations Bi Monthly talk series on Kenya’s Food
“Using Embryo transfer technology, we
could easily upgrade dairy cattle breeds within a short
time,” he added. ADC plans to roll out the embryo transfer
technology in order to produce 50,000 heifers annually.
“Embryo transfer is a better way to
improve cattle breeds as opposed to use of conventional
breeding methods,” Aiyabei added. He noted that improved
heifer breeds will be sold to small scale farmers at
He noted that Kenya’s milk production
is unable to meet growing demand. “The majority of the milk
produced is from small scale farmers and hence we need to focus
on them in order to enhance production,” the government official
ADC currently has over 1.6 million
acres of land for both crop and livestock production.