Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Rabbit keeping earnings enables a farmer to buy a dairy goat

Small stock farming is taking shape among communities living in Arid and semi-arid areas in kenya. A few years ago in Magadi division you could hardly find farmers practising rabbit keeping as many of them had large herds of cattle that supported their livelihoods until 2008 when some farmers lost almost all their animals to drought. An immediate approach was therefore called for to address the issue. ALIN in collaboration with other stakeholders worked closely to address the gap and this saw some farmers innovatively championing projects that have had great returns.

Mrs Esther wateri began rearing rabbit way back in 2011. She was drawn in to the business after visiting her rural home where her brothers were making good business out the enterprise and was given a doe and a buck. A search for more information landed her at Nguruman Maarifa centre where she borrowed a book on backyard rabbit keeping in the tropics. "The book gave me information I needed to keep the enterprise rolling..."
Mrs Wateri removing hair from rabbit meat
Esther has so far sold more than 20 mature rabbits to rabbit meat lovers  and more than 12 pups to other farmers interested in starting the enterprise. She now has more than 50 rabbits and targeting bigger orders as she usually sells one rabbit at between Kshs 1000 - 1,500 locally ans feels she can get better market for better prices. The earnings have enabled her to buy a dairy goat which she believes will provide enough milk to her family.
Kamau at the dairy goat barn
 "I will use the money I spent buying milk to expand my rabbit keeping enterprise" she added.


  1. Rabbits are very fast growing animals. They produce kids frequently and numerous kids at a time. As a result commercial rabbit farming is very lucrative. Rabbit farming is very pleasuring too.