Government has launched the Dairy Industry Regulations, 2021, aimed at enhancing consumer protection and safety of dairy produce.
The regulations also aim at improving access to information on marketed dairy produce and providing a mechanism for tracing and recall of dairy produce.
In his speech, Agriculture CS Peter Munya CS Munya noted that in the launched dairy regulations, dairy business operators will submit monthly returns on processed milk and quantities to the county government or the board for policy and investment decisions.
The regulations bring on board compliance officers who will be gazetted by the Dairy board to ensure marketed dairy products meets standards while holding the officer accountable for any malpractice.
On pricing of dairy products the CS added that the regulations will ensure a guaranteed minimum price on milk sales which will ensure that their investment in dairy farming gives favorable returns throughout the year.
The regulations are also aimed at protecting the Kenya dairy Industry against unfair trade practices or competition, dumping and further support govt to guarantee food security and sufficiency.
On dairy produce safety, the regulations aim at enhancing compliance to safety standards, promoting self regulation through adoption of global best practices.
These regulations will provide mechanism for sale of milk to Kenya´s immediate neighbours, however the milk must meet relevant standard for raw milk.