Kenya Dairy Board trains farmers on adding value to ‘Mursik’

The Kenya Dairy Board KDB has started training dairy farmers and small cottage milk processors in the South Rift region in the making of proper, safe, and hygienic Kalenjin yoghurt, Mursik.

The training of the dairy farmers and small cottage milk processors is aimed at curbing the making and processing of poor and unhygienic fermented milk, which at times gets contaminated to due lack of proper skills in the processing which leads to food poisoning.

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Agriculture Chief Administrative Secretary Linah Jebii Kilimo hailed the training of the dairy farmers and small cottage milk processors as a way of increasing earnings from the dairy sector.

Kalenjin traditional milk, mursik. PHOTO | COURTESY

The Agriculture CAS said that the whole programme while adding value to their milk produce the government wants to reduce incidences where people are taken to health facilities after drinking unhygienic fermented milk which she says often occur during ceremonies which are crowned with serving of Mursik to the people because this part of the heritage the Kalenjin community continues to cherish.

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The CAS said that training will be rolled down to the village level and called for the support of the county and national government administration to help in ensuring that all milk handlers get training in the most hygienic way of making Mursik while enhancing their businesses.

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The KDB Managing Director Margaret Kabogi said that they had commenced training of dairy farmers and small milk processors across the country with the aim of value addition while at the same time making the sector competitive and sustainable.


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