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Our Hatchery Project: an overview of challenges

The hatchery project is very popular among the small scale farmers, the community served by DLIOF.

However, the demand for the chicks at seven days old and beyond cannot be met. This is because of limits on the supply of fertilized eggs - roosters are expensive to raise due to the high price of chicken feed. Furthermore, Kenya's hydroelectric power system is unreliable due to water shortages attributed to climate change, so it is often unable to give a continuous supply of power as required for an efficient hatchery. The unsuitable alternative is using a generator operated by fossil fuels, an environmentally and financially costly solution.

There is a need to consider how farmers can use green sources of power to run their machines, process animal feeds from biomass, and adopt other adaptations and resilience means to counter the impediments detailed above.

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