REGION 1: NAIVASHA/NAKURU AREAS

This route will take delegates through the scenic Great Rift Valley view points and a number of Rift Valley lakes. Some of the potential areas of visit include:

a) Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Centre (KALRO) – Dairy Research Institute

Areas of interest include research-development linkages with small scale farmers; Sahiwal livestock breeding program; indigenous chicken breeding program; and tour to the laboratory facilities

b) Commercial beef/dairy ranching and wildlife conservancy

Delegates will visit a large commercial beef/dairy farm and a wildlife conservancy where beef animals are managed together with wildlife.

c) Large scale commercial dairy farm and pasture/fodder research in the Nakuru region

This farm is a source of improved dairy genetics for many smallholder dairy farms in Kenya and improved pastures based on Rhodes Grass.

d) KALRO pasture research and smallholder dairy production

The participants with scientists undertaking research on Bracharia grass and its support to smallholder dairy farms and will visit smallholder dairy farm supplying improved genetic material to farmers; research work on range grasses and seed production systems.

e) Extensive livestock-wheat growing transition zone

The delegates will visit and have discussions with some of the pastoral households that are transitioning into commercial farming – mainly wheat.

f) Visit KALRO Lanet Research Centre

Delegates will interact with scientists on pasture fodder research work and the improvement and utilization of the Boran breed for beef production.