Bernard Ng’eno earns Sh3.6 million a year from his cattle milk, which puts him among the top third highest earners among those in formal employment in major towns. He does that by attending to his three dairy cows in Kaplong, Bomet.
Bernard’s narrative defies the traditional story of going to school and get employed, agribusiness is paying people comfortably and is a viable venture for many unemployed Kenyan youth.
Benard started with only one cow that he bought in 2013 for only KShs30,000.Today the cow has enabled him to acquire two more cows all of which he milks.
He gets 30 litres of milk per day from every cow, meaning in a day he milks 90 litres.
Every day he supplies the milk to Kaplong, Litein, Chebole, Kapkwen and Bomet earning him approximately KSh10,000 per day. Each morning villagers flock to his home for the milk.
Asked about the costs involved in keeping livestock and challenges, he narrates that so far the only cost he that of spraying the animals weekly with triatics, the animals are so vulnerable to diseases caused by ticks and must be protected.
The other challenge of cost is in feeding them,They need to be fed frequently. But for Ng’eno he has he has planted nappier grass that helps him in cutting down costs.
Ng’eno says he has bought several plots and he is building rental units. He has enough for his family and to pay school fees for the kids. He advises farmers with small plots to start dairy farming and see their lives change for the better.
Kenya’s unemployment problem has left many youths idle, but it seems those who do not look for jobs are doing way better in agribusiness. Dairy farming needs a lot of labour, but the returns can be very good.