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    A group of 41 Nyamira farmers are earning between Sh500 to Sh1000 per bunch of bananas after establishing a joint marketing collection center to market their bananas. This is triple the amount they used to earn per bunch when they sold the produce individually.

    The farmers came together to spur sales after receiving various trainings by agricultural extension officers in the region.

    According to a publication by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, cooperatives play a crucial role in reducing poverty, improving food security and generating employment opportunities.


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    “Cooperatives offer small agricultural producers opportunities and a wide range of services, including improved access to markets, natural resources, information, communications, technologies, credit, training and warehouses,” said Thomas Nyamongo, an agricultural extension officer in Nyamira.  

    They also facilitate smallholder producers’ participation in decision-making at all levels, support them in securing land-use rights, and negotiate better terms for engagement in contract farming and lower prices for agricultural inputs such as seeds, fertilizer and equipment.


    A group of banana farmers in Nyamira offload the produce from a lorry ready for sale

    Initially, banana marketing in the county was controlled by unscrupulous middlemen who took advantage of farmers for their own selfish gains. The middlemen exploited farmers by buying one bunch of banana at between Sh150 to Sh200, a price farmers considered too low for their produce.

    “In 2015 we formed Rikuruma banana bulking and marketing center to ensure we got fair prices for our bananas and eliminate middlemen who dictated the prices to us,” said Rael Mokua, one of the banana agripreneurs in Magwagwa ward.

    “Previously each farmer sold their produce alone, I could only manage to sell two or three bunches in a day but as of at now we are selling 200 to 300 bunches per day collectively”

    The farmers turned entrepreneurs sell the produce at the open air market in Magwagwa ward, each member of the group participates in the collection and selling process. Majority of the buyers are usually travelers to various destinations including Nairobi, Kisumu and Nakuru amongst others.

    The group marketing of the bananas has enabled the farmers to get better market information and empowered them to increase their agricultural productivity hence uplifting their standards of living.

    Rael Mokua for instance has increased land under bananas from half an acre two acres allowing her to collect 13 to 14 bananas weekly for sale. This translates to more than Sh10, 000 income per week as compared to roughly Sh1200 she used to earn before joining Rikurukma banana bulking and marketing center.


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    Sellah Migaya confirming the number and condition of her chicks just before delivery to her customers. She supplies 2000 chicks per month to her various clients.

    A 27 old lady from Siaya County practicing poultry farming on a part time basis is rearing kuroiler and indigenous chicken earning her Sh200, 000 gross income per month and Sh150, 000 net income on her eighth acre farm.

    Sellah Awino Migaya is an Information Technology expert by profession and works in a bank where she earns about Sh55, 000 a month. However, her passion for farming since childhood inspired her to keep busy during the weekends and holidays by starting a poultry farm.

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     “I love farming. Seeing my chicken increasing in number every other day gives me hope,” said Migaya.

    With a meager capital of Sh15, 000 she bought 150 one year old kuroiler chicks from a supplier from Thika in 2016. As they continued to multiply she decided to put up a poultry house for them which cost Sh70, 000.

    Magaya poultry farm is named Nyabungu Poultry FARM meaning it is located in the very rural setting in Usire along Bondo-Usenge highway near Maranda High School.

    “Given the more sales I carried out during the past festive season, the farm is currently housing between 470 and 500 chicken. I am therefore restocking to meet the high demand,” she said.

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    Magaya supplies 14 mature chicken of above three months old to two schools in the area every week. One such mature chicken goes for Sh700 earning her Sh9, 800 per week just from the two schools.

    She also supplies first-starter farmers with chicks, who order between 250-300 chicks. This makes her commit to a month supply of 2000 chicks. She sells a day old chick at Sh100, a week old chick at Sh130, two weeks Sh150, three weeks Sh200, a month old chick at Sh250, three months Sh450 and above three months at Sh600 -800.

    To cope with the high demand, Mgaya has an incubator with a capacity of 1026 eggs that helps her hatch more chicks for the market.

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    Sellah Migaya feeding her chicken at her Nyabungu Poultry FARM. Her passion for farming since childhood inspires and keeps her in her farm during her off-days.


    Like other ventures, poultry has its own problems especially if the owner fails to offer full attention.

    “There so many things chicken need such as feeding, stress management and vaccination. These may not go as they should if I am not available fulltime in the farm,” she said.

    To reduce the cost on feeds she buys unmixed feeds and mix them alone meeting the required balanced diet.

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    This way she buys 100kg of feed at Sh3500 that last for seven weeks against Sh5000 she would be using for the same amount of feeds lasting over the same duration of time.

    On the other hand vaccination cost Sh2000 every month.

    Magaya seeks job relocation near her home and join her brother, Henry Migaya who manages the poultry farm in her absentia. This will also enable her fully follow her heart desire which is farming hence putting all her attention in it for even more income.

    Magaya can be reached on +254 712 957715 or her brother on +254 711529411 or visit her Facebook page>Nyabungu Poultry FARM.




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