We have Ready Market for Your Rabbits
Nathaniel Mwaringa stands near his impressive rabbit cages, He wipe some rain-drops, its drizzling and the young man seems undeterred as he goes on to check his rabbits.
Mwaringa got funding from his brother, Samuel who bought 6 rabbits,5 does and bucks that tottaled to 18,000 Sh in 2016
His brother also funded a three storey construction structure that is made up of wood and wire mesh that hosts 45 cages for approximately sh 121,000.
By May last year, The young rabbit farmer had over 40 Bunnies that are 5 months old, he sold these bunnies at 1,000 sh making a cool 40,000 sh.
“ I sold my rabbits to a large scale farmer, Justin and I made good profit,” Says the 31 years old.
High end restaurants
Justin normally buys rabbits from small scale farmers and sells these to super markets, Butcheries and in high end restaurants.
This young farmers later sold more 30 rabbits during the international show that was recently held in town.
But as his rabbit farming was thriving, his rabbits were affected by coccidiosis,this disease leads to diarrhea, loss of appetite, constipation. This attack made him lose 31 young rabbits
This has not deterred him, He has picked up and he has ready rabbits that he is intending to sell, there is already a ready market for this.
“On average rabbit consumes 100g, the common feeds being pellets. I also supply salt lick,dry vegetables leaves and hay.”
Ruth another rabbit farmer sells her rabbits to already thriving market. Ruth has over 20 mature rabbits. These rabbits fetches sh 2,900 when mature and a kilo of meat rabbit cost sh 700, Says ruth.
Rabbits Meat Supply
Ruth supplies rabbit meat to the Italian Restaurants, LA Veranda . She has also done agreement with main supermarkets such as Naivas, where she supplies 50 rabbits every week, from this she is able to supply to at least 3 naivas braches in Nyali,Ukunda branches.
Her farm gate prices a kilo is sh 650. She also sells rabbits urine which is very good at sh 120 and sh 60 for rabbit manure.
Ruth says that she has established rabbit markets in Mombasa, Taita Taveta, Nairobi, Kwale, Nakuru, South Africa and Nigeria.
The Bcom Graduate is currently working on a farm website to expand her market.
The young farmer ventured in agribusiness after identifying the gap in the demand at the coast. Rabbit meat is in high demand.
With sh 840,000 savings , the farmer was able to construct 6 cages, presently there are over 140 which houses his 210 rabbits,92 does, 107 waeners and 11 bucks.
We keep New Zealand-white, Chincilla, California, Flemish giant, Kentucky, Dutch and Kenyan white.
Ruth advices that cages should be cleaned properly and all rabbits should be protected from direct rain and wind, pneumonia is a common disease.
“Recently I sold 50 Mature rabbits at sh 3,000 to Bomu health center ,where these rabbits were to be given to farmers.” Says the successful rabbit farmer whose sales from live breeds, manure , meat and urine were in excess of 1.5 million sh in 2019
“ We can’t complain about the rabbit industry and the market is ready.
“Rabbits have common diseases such as Pasteurellosis, this causes snuffles. Another common disease is pneumonia. In most countries most rabbits suffer from liver coccidiosis and intestinal infections and also mites. Using sulphur-based drugs will prevent this.