Thursday, 24 November 2011

My Quest to get Pedigree Dogs

Though the dog project 'Stalled', laying of the groundwork with regards to networking is still ongoing.
After inquiring from the kennel club, I obtained the necessary guidelines that are required in order for a breeder to have pure bred pedigree dogs. After all is said and done, the financial bit mostly proves to be a hindrance.

From negotiating as a member, to acquiring puppies, the money required is not for just  anyone and since the project involves dealing with live animals, credit facilities are not provided. so one has to continue dealing with the regular non certified dogs so as to save up and acquire the pedigree puppy.


Also there is the issue of eliminating fraudsters. We as young dog breeders do intent to establish such a link in order to make it possible to differentiate honest and dishonest breeders. A high level of scrutiny has to be done as well as follow ups. Also after the dogs are sold to potential owners, they(the owners) have to be educated on how to maintain and are for the dogs. Many assume dogs are just for security thus they don't care how the dogs are looked after. Another reason for the linking with the breeders is to eliminate the issue of inbreeding which is very detrimental to the dog breeding profession(this also applies to other animals as well as human beings)

My observations on Coffee Farming in my Locality

Now being the coffee season, focus has changed. Priority goes towards harvesting the beans. Generally, harvesting beginnings in September. The warm weather just before the onset of the short rainy season favors the berries. Though it is the co-operatives that dictate the days when farmers can harvest. This is done to ensure that the coffee  delivered on the given days is ample enough to be processed. Currently,  the short rains have intensified. If it becomes too much, the rain will cause some coffee bushes to either become infected or become physically destroyed.

As compared to last year, the yield this year is projected to increase. This is partly due to favorable weather and also because the coffee board of Kenya and the Kenya Planters Association have come up with incentives to encourage the small scale coffee farmers. Majority of them had neglected the crop mainly due to poor pay. But for the last two years, the rates have been increasing thus encouraging them to tender the coffee.

But on the flip side, the inputs required ie fertilizers and fungicides have become expensive. Though generally everything in the Kenyan economy has risen in value, those dealing with the farm inputs tend to inflate the costs. Mainly due to the fat that the farmers are nto informed and also with the release of payment for the coffee and tea, the dealers think that farmers have extra money.