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RABBIT MARKET SUMMARY
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Being the best white meat, demand for rabbit meat is increasing in the local market. Most of the five star hotels in Kenya are willing to introduce rabbit meat in their menus but the challenge has always been a constant source which could sustain the demand vs. supply chains. The Norfolk hotel for example are serving rabbit on plate, the safari park once introduced but could not get enough from the farmers.
The only available rabbit meat is gotten from farmers who produce rabbit for breeding but are forced to reduce the bucks (males) since buyers buy one Buck (male) for every eight Does (females).
A kilo of rabbit meat ranges between Kshs.500.00 and 1000.00 in the local market.
The export market is not mentioned for we are far from reaching the production capacity. A Danish NGO is working on modalities of increasing production through sensitizing campaigns and funding to the existing farmers. The World Bank and financial institutions (e.g. Equity Bank) are taking the same interests in rabbit farming through small rabbit breeders groups.
This becomes the biggest market locally due to the increase in the number of new farmers from the middle class who are starting on large scale after realizing the potential and high returns in the business.
A weaned rabbit, one Month is fetching between Kshs.500.00 to 1000.00.Every extra month increases the value with Kshs.1000.00,with a mature 4 Months rabbit going for between Kshs.3500.00 to 5000.00 depending on the breed, health and the region.
This is the best market for rabbits from the fact that it is an export business hence very high returns once the market is established. A farmer in Mwingi has been exporting live rabbits to a drug manufacturing company in South Africa at Kshs.15,000.00 for a 3 Months old rabbit. A prominent politician in central province has established his own market to companies in China and Egypt.
Rabbit urine is used as a direct insecticide. However this market is not exploited due to small production and poor construction. Our modern self cleaning hutches have a urine collection system that ensures that nothing goes to waste.
Being the best composite manure with the highest contents of ammonia and nitrates, rabbit manure is going for 50 Kenya shillings for a 20 kg sack. Most farmers prefer using it in farming than selling. Fresh rabbit droppings serve as tilapia food for those with fish ponds, also done by our Aqua Culture department.
Local green house farmers are buying urine at Kshs.50.00 per liter which they dilute in a 1: 5 ratio in water and spray directly to their crops.
Companies like Bayer E.A have shown interest on the same but small production has always been the challenge.
Used in making ornaments in Asian countries and the best in making fishing rods, rabbit skin is going at Kshs.300.00.Proper training on slaughtering in done during the initial 3 months stage since the quality of the skin depends on the mode of slaughtering.
With high demands out there, we have engaged in a mega awareness and marketing campaign to the middle class investors so as to meet a target of 10 000 breeding rabbits to meet the international markets.
Starters are given routine trainings and every available supportive material that can increase the investor motivation for maximum production.
We guarantee market to all our Farmers as we also network all rabbit farmers though existing rabbit breeders associations in areas like Kiambu, Thika, Kajiado, some parts of Meru and Central Province. This will, in due time, give us a bigger bargaining power in the market as well as the always asked supply confidence.
COMMERCIAL RABBIT PRODUCTION THROUGH SIGNED CONTRACTS.
Nairobi,Thika,Nanyuki,Eldoret,Kitale,Kakamega,Busia and Mt.Kenya regions,Western,Nyanza,rift valley and coast.