By DAVID MUCHUI
Quail farmers in Meru have called on more Kenyans to embrace rearing of the birds due to its nutritious meat and eggs.
Speaking during the Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) Farmers Day at Kithoka, Imenti North, Mr Simon Bundi, a farmer, discredited reports by a section of the media that quail farming is a pyramid scheme in the making.
The Farmers day saw several of exhibitors such as agrochemical, agro-processing, seed companies, agro-technology, financial institutions, water and irrigation pitch tent in the event graced by Meru County Deputy Governor Raphael Muriungi, Agriculture Executive Secretary Prof Kaburu M’Ribu and KeMU Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Kobia Ataya among other guests.
Several Quail farmers came out to exhibit their birds and eggs where hundreds of people thronged the Quail stands to learn about the bird.
“Many people have been rushing into quail farming with the intention of making a kill. But all should know that besides the money in the business, quail eggs are very nutritious.
The glut has been caused by the fact that everyone has been targeting to sell chicks rather than eggs for consumption.If everyone understands the benefits of the eggs and meat, it will boost the local market,” Bundi said.
Johnson Muchai, a longtime poultry farmer in Meru said that he started keeping quails after he learned of the health benefits of the eggs.
“My relative was bedridden for a long time bit when she started on a dosage of quail eggs, she is back on her feet. She went back to work.
This motivated me to keep the quail birds,” said Muchai while explaining the importance of quails to Meru Deputy Governor, KeMU Deputy Vice Chancellor and Meru County Executive Secretary for Agriculture.
Judy Mwirigi said that she had been suffering from Arthritis and blood pressure but when she consumed a full dose of raw eggs, she has recovered.
According to Mr Muchai, the eggs can be taken raw for 49 days.
“The full dose is made of 240 eggs, One should take three eggs in the first and second day, four eggs in the third day and five eggs from the fifth day to the 46th day,” he explained
He said that the farmers in Meru are in the process of forming an association to promote quail farming and ease marketing of quail products.
Market glut for quails and eggs has been blamed for panic on people who had targeted the once lucrative venture.