Hay from Mwea gains global recognition

Hay from Mwea gains global recognition

Hay produced from the Mwea rice stalks has gained international recognition. Thiba ward Member of County Assembly Jackson Murimi from where the hay is produced, says it is shipped to Saudi Arabia where it is fed to livestock. “Somali traders ferry the hay in trailers from here to the port of Mombasa. The hay is then shipped to Saudi Arabia where there is a huge shortage of animal feed because of the desert environment,’’ Murimi said. To ensure this trade benefits the county and its locals, the MCA is consulting livestock experts on value addition of the husks to ensure farmers get higher profits. Murimi says he has proposed a Sh3 million budget for putting up a shed in Thiba village where farmers can safely store their produce. Mwea Irrigation Scheme was started in 1956 and the predominant crop grown in the scheme is rice. This is one of the seven public schemes under the management of the National Irrigation Board (NIB).