Rabbit Breeders Association of Kenya (RABAK) is a National Club for domestic rabbit breeders. Its headquarter is located in Thika- Kenya, housed in Thika West District Livestock Production Office. The association is run by office bearers namely: Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary & a Coordinator.
To enhance its sustainability, it has established a department that deals with the following: Marketing, Finances, Skins & Hides, development, Feeds & Breeding.
It has over 850 members countrywide majority being from Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Nairobi, Embu, Machakos, Nakuru, Meru, Tharaka Nithi & Athi River Counties among others.
Rabak services are to promote domestic rabbits as well as for commercial production.
It is yet to set official breed standards for recognized rabbit breed.
Under the support of Ministry of livestock & vetinery department, they are about to publish a detailed guide.
This will benefit rabbit farmers and provide reference to those interested in the rabbit sector.
RABBAK was officially launched on 27th January 2010 at Thika stadium by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Livestock development.
Theme was “Enhanced Rabbit marketing for sustainable agri business & improved livelihoods”
The date Rabak & other sub- groups have opened many butcheries & hotels in Thika, kiambu (Nduberi), Nyeri, Muranga & Nairobi.
It has also organized rabbit meet eating days where different farmers from different counties gather to sensitize need for eating while meat.
RABAK in collaboration with the line ministries will continue to mobilize many farmers from different countries for more exhibitions to promote rabbit industry.
BACK GROUND OF THE RABAK
Rabbit breeders Association of Kenya was registered in 2009 under societies act. Founders of Rabak were individuals who started rabbit farming in the year 2000. Due to need for support from the government they formed a self help group from larger Thika & Gatundu districts, which grew to on Association to accommodate huge number of interested farmers from all over Kenya.
RABAK was founded to promote both Food Security & commercial aspects of rabbit raising.
It’s also focusing on attitude change as rabbit farming has been termed as boys business.