An overview of rabbit farming in Kenya

Rabbit farming in Kenya dates back from the time the missionaries first set foot in Kenya during the 19th century when the first exotic breeds were introduced and the subsequent colonial period which helped it to spread to other parts of the country. Communities in Central Kenya were the early adopters but they viewed rabbits as pets or children and dog food. However, over the years the rabbit has gained wide acceptance as alternative food and livelihood, spreading to other communities to become the fastest growing enterprise in Kenya today. The highest populations of rabbits are in Central, Western and Rift Valley while Coast, Eastern and Nyanza are slowly catching up.

Initially rabbits were not recognized as part of the livestock system by policy makers. By 1983 there were no records of studies and research work done concerning rabbit genetics, nutrition, climatic effects, economics, health and diseases. In 1982 GTZ and the government initiated a national program on rabbit production where the National Rabbit Center at Ngong FTC, and other multiplication centers at Machakos, Embu, Wambugu FTC and Kilifi were established to supply the breeding stock to rabbit farmers. The initial breeding stocks were imported from Germany. A few farmers from Central Kenya and Rift Valley and other institutions like Egerton University, Kijabe Mission Center and ILRI also supplied rabbit breeding stock. The support by government for rabbit production in eradicating malnutrition and poverty is also to address the challenges in the diminishing land sizes and reduction in area for crop production.

In setting up the multiplication centers, the objective of government was to supply 3 million rabbits by the year 2000. But this did not happen due to insufficient supply of breeding stock and a waning government extension service. For quite a long time rabbit rearing has been left to institutions such as 4K and Youth Clubs, women and self help groups, schools and government training centers. Now adult farmers are steadily showing an interest in rabbit production and consumption, thereby increasing the demand for breeding stock such that the few multiplication centers cannot cope. The current rabbit population is about 600,000 heads.

The increasing cost of beef, mutton and poultry; increasing awareness on matters to do with health; and rabbits being a cheap source of proteins have also motivated many farmers into rearing rabbits.  Public and private actors are also taking the enterprise very seriously and are now playing an active role in popularizing it because they realize that raising rabbits is a worthwhile venture. The popularity of rabbit production also arises from a growing market due to population growth, urbanization and tourism.

The common rabbit breeds used in commercial production are California White, Flemish Giant, New Zealand White and local crosses. Major constraints in rabbit rearing are poor husbandry practices, inadequate breeding stock, socio-cultural issues, high cost of commercial feeds and low technical skills in rabbit management.

Marketing of rabbits poses a major constraint as there are no organized markets. Rabbit farmers identify their own markets individually whereby arrangements are made with local consumers, hotels and restaurants for the disposal of mature rabbits. Sales have mainly been for live animals which were not based on weight, but now this is gradually changing with the setting up of rabbit meat butcheries in certain parts of the country. Tourist hotels offer the best prices for rabbit meat. Selling rabbits as breeding stock is more lucrative because they fetch higher prices but also more challenging.

A wide cross section of rabbit farmers uses non-commercial production systems. The main sources of feeds are vegetables and fresh farm byproducts. Use of high quality forages and legumes are limited but presents a great opportunity to increase production and profits. Other opportunities are in selection and breeding for efficient animals that grow fast to reach the market early. Use ofArtificial Insemination is another opportunity that can be used for rapid multiplication of rabbits.


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eric orero
+1 # eric orero 2012-12-03 14:39
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joseph kitele
0 # joseph kitele 2013-08-20 13:12
I have about 20 newzealand rabbits.i sell at kes.1000.based at kaani-machakos.call 0720478569
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Leo Ogalo
+1 # Leo Ogalo 2012-12-17 13:14
I need to buy rabbits, from around Kisumu, for breeding. Phone 0702621189.
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Daniel Otieno Omondi
0 # Daniel Otieno Omondi 2016-01-08 09:46
Call me for beginners cell no. 0722756211
cost kshs 900/=
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ericko
0 # ericko 2012-12-18 15:11
just call 0750714608 if you need rabbits pure breeds newzealands to be specific.and rabbit meat right now
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steven
0 # steven 2012-12-25 00:40
call 0725880678 for crosses between Flemish giant and California white.Any ideas on feed rationing?
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hussain
0 # hussain 2013-01-02 13:38
hello there

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bnjoro
0 # bnjoro 2013-04-28 15:05
kindly quote the payment deal. Can effectively raise production status of your farm.I have all the relevant details concerning rabbit rearing
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Maria
0 # Maria 2015-08-05 09:22
Hi
I'm a representative of Russia's largest company" Pankrol Ug". We are the largest manufacturer of rabbit equipment on a commercial scale. also we are building rabbit farms and equip them with Automatic watering , feeding and manure systems. We would like to get started with your farm, if you're interested, we can send you our offer.
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magak
0 # magak 2017-06-12 15:21
Quoting Maria:
Hi
I'm a representative of Russia's largest company" Pankrol Ug". We are the largest manufacturer of rabbit equipment on a commercial scale. also we are building rabbit farms and equip them with Automatic watering , feeding and manure systems. We would like to get started with your farm, if you're interested, we can send you our offer.

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francis yvan p. ucat
0 # francis yvan p. ucat 2017-06-23 19:51
Quoting hussain:
hello there
i have rabbits farm in UAE i need to have some good worker with me from your country if you have some one need to work in my farm please contact me

00971506121517

hi...im francis do you still need a farm worker? i havce a knowledge in raising rabbits
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Rahel
+1 # Rahel 2013-03-13 14:16
I am planning to start a rabbit rearing in Siaya County, however, I am worried about marketing of the products. is there a readily available market?
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0 # 7Invest Group 2013-03-27 14:22
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fyator
0 # fyator 2013-09-27 13:04
are there some artificial insemination of rabbits in Kenya?
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FRED
0 # FRED 2013-11-06 18:14
i need pedigree flemish giant,
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erick orero
+1 # erick orero 2013-11-10 14:47
okay if you interested in joint rabbit farming in Nairobi Kenya just call 0729856760.. got some experience of rabbit farming.Will provide the rebbits mostly newzealands , if you got some space , lets talk and agree.
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Watutua
0 # Watutua 2014-07-10 10:34
Quoting erick orero:
okay if you interested in joint rabbit farming in Nairobi Kenya just call 0729856760.. got some experience of rabbit farming. Will provide the rabbits mostly newzealands , if you got some space , lets talk and agree.

Hi Erick, I have the space and passion, please share your terms that can take me up there where rabbit farming is headed.
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Maria
0 # Maria 2015-08-05 09:25
Quoting Watutua:
Quoting erick orero:
okay if you interested in joint rabbit farming in Nairobi Kenya just call 0729856760.. got some experience of rabbit farming. Will provide the rabbits mostly newzealands , if you got some space , lets talk and agree.

Hi Erick, I have the space and passion, please share your terms that can take me up there where rabbit farming is headed.

Dear Sirs,

I'm a representative of Russia's largest company" Pankrol Ug". We are the largest manufacturer of rabbit equipment on a commercial scale. also we are building rabbit farms and equip them with Automatic watering , feeding and manure systems. if you're interested, we can send you our offer.

Looking forward to your reply
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inviolata
0 # inviolata 2013-11-20 11:36
Im interested in starting a rabbit farm in Isinya, i need a good carpenter with experience in constructing rabbit cages, contact me on
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ericko
0 # ericko 2013-11-22 12:28
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Hannah
0 # Hannah 2014-09-26 09:02
the statistic of 600,000 rabbits dates when?
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Ann Njeri
0 # Ann Njeri 2015-05-17 15:06
Hi am looking to find out where the national rabbit training and breeding centre of Mombasa is located
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Matilda Kitwanga
0 # Matilda Kitwanga 2016-09-08 16:21
Dear

I am interested in starting a rabbit farm. I'm in Tanzania Dar es salaam. I would like to have Flemish Giant and continental Giant or cross breeding of the mentioned one. Please quote total cost to Dar es salaam
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magak
0 # magak 2017-06-12 15:22
i need to start rabbit farming anyone with breeding stalk?
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