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Rabbit farming taking off in Central Kenya:

Rabbit farming, which has long been considered a trade for young souls in the central region is fast catching on in the area as more adults turn to the small mammals mainly for their profit. Samuel Ng’anga who has heartily embraced the new occupation says he sells each mature rabbit for at least one thousand five hundred shillings. Nganga who is also the region’s breeders association chairman is now extolling other regions to join rabbit farming as the occupation is easy to practice and doesn’t require as much land as other forms of animal husbandry.

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8 comments to Rabbit farming taking off in Central Kenya:

  • Samuel Mwangi

    Committed Farmer,

    I have started rabbit farming but would like more training on this and especially on breeds and rabbit sheds. Please let me know where to go for training and attachment. Am very ready to do the these farming.

    Around Sep or Oct 2011 I read in the newspapers that Githunguri Rabit farmers are looking ways to start rabbit slaughter house and also looking for market. Please I would like to have their contacts.

    Sammy Kamau

    • adul

      Thank you Mr. Mwangi, some of the available rabbit training centres is National Rabbit Breeding Centre, at Ngong FTC and Veterinary Farm, in Karen. Address: Box 24914 00502 Karen.

      You can also contact the following persons in training section; Deputy Principal - 0720-805914 and Trainer Mr. Kariuki 0722-956139.

      Adul Aggrey

      • adul

        Rabbit Breeds:
        According to the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA), there are over 47 distinct rabbit breeds. Only about a dozen of these are reared in Kenya, the most common being New Zealand White, Californian white, Chinchilla, French lop, Dutch, Checkered Giant, Giant Flemish, Angora and Rex. A survey conducted by Animal Production Division in November 2010 indicated that New Zealand White and Californian White breeds of rabbits are the most popular in Kenya.
        These two medium sized rabbit breeds (3.6 – 5.9kg) are also rated the most popular for meat elsewhere in the world because of their good growth characteristics and high carcass dressing percentage.
        Other breeds that are popular in Kenya include the Giant Flemish, the French Lop and Checkered Giant mainly because of their large size.

        Rabbit Housing Dimensions:
        • Standard cages for rabbits should measure: L=80cm, W=60cm, H=45cm.
        • For pregnant does or does with young kits, a provision for a nesting box of 30cm by 30cm.
        • Usually weld mesh wire is preferred because of ease in maintaining cleanliness. The quality of available weld mesh wire in Kenya is however poor and does not last long
        • Many farmers have thus resorted to using all-wooden cages or wooden plus weld mesh wire cages.
        • Multi-tier cages are becoming popular because they safe on space. More than two-tier cages are however not recommended because of difficulties in management.

  • Duncan Mwai

    Hello, I am an upcoming farmer in Thika and I expect to have 40 rabbits ready for sale by May. I hope to increase this number to about 20 monthly.
    Can somebody please advise me on the market and the prices.
    I would also like to learn more about tanning the skin and produce meaningful items.
    Kind Regards

    • adul

      Hello Mr. Duncan Mwai,

      Thanks you for using NAFIS services and moreso to congratulate you for the diligence and determination in improving food security. We have developed a market access channel for all marketable commodities known as NAFIS Commodity and Inputs Exchange (NACIE). Through this platform, buyers, producers and stakeholders are given opportunity to market their produce through the internet and to improve linkages among themselves.

      You can access the inventory template, fill it and submit to the undersigned. Kindly, check your email address.

      Please contact the following persons Peter Waiganjo, Chairman, Rabbit Breeders Association of Kenya (RABAK), pfwaiganjo@yahoo.com, 0721219092; Dr. Jane Lwoyero, Veterinary Public Health, Department of Veterinary Services, jlwoyero@gmail.com, 0721905632; for more information on rabbit skin tanning and value addition.

      Best regards

      Adul Aggrey

  • Duncan Mwai

    Hello Adul,

    I am very grateful for the quick response to my post and the advice and information provided. It will really go a long way as we try and ensure a supplement on our menus.
    With this forum, I hope to learn alot and also contribute towards the development of the rabbit industry in the country.

    Kind regards.

  • adul

    Thank you for your comment through NAFIS. This is one of the platform with adequate agricultural information. Through this platform, you can ask or inquire on any agricultural information by using our interactive feedback menu. We also link you to the nearest Extension service provider through our helpline.

  • adul

    You can also log into NAFIS webpage http://www.nafis.go.ke/livestock/rabbitfarming/ for information on rabbit farming customized for Kenyan farmers.