Mary Mathuli, a poultry farmer in Muvau village has unveiled poultry feed dubbed ‘Mama Feeds’ to enhance chicken productivity and profitability.This major stride was made possible by the generous support of Seeds of Change through the Mission Grow project implemented by FIPS-Africa in partnership with the Government of Makueni County.
Through the partners’ efforts, Mama Feeds is now certified by KEBS to formulate and supply feeds.
The feed initiative is a breakthrough for the farmer at a time when many farmers are witnessing a decline in the number of chicken per household due to diseases and high cost of feeds.
Narrating her journey in poultry farming, Mathuli revealed that she started small with 10 indigenous birds which expanded to the current 3000 chicken.The farmer credits her prowess in farming to a 2014 training by Micro Enterprise Support programme Trust, an NGO promoting climate-smart agriculture.
She has also benefitted from various capacity building programs, courtesy of the Government of Makueni County and her partners such as Cereals Growers Association (CGA).
Mathuli, who doubles as a dairy farmer keeps fish, and grows maize and beans. She grows Azolla, an aquatic fern rich in protein which she uses as a supplementary feed for the chicken and fish.
The farmer uses her farm to train locals on enhanced agricultural production and she has mentored over 5000 farmers.In 2022, Mathuli’s farm attracted wider admiration when she hosted American philanthropist and world billionaire Bill Gates, adding to her fortune.
Makueni Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative Development Chief Officer Dr. Victoria Kyallo who graced Mama Feeds Launch on Wednesday said that the government’s commitment to developing Mathuli’s poultry feed brand as a quality feed is intricately entrenched in the County Integrated Development Plan.
Kyallo reiterated the county’s commitment to make Makueni food secure by addressing the foundation challenges affecting poultry business and productivity.