KDB suspends controversial dairy regulations 2019

Kenya Dairy Board (KDB) has suspended proposed milk regulations aimed at regulation the sector following public outcry.

The regulations would have criminalised hawking of raw milk by farmers. Farmers are also required to sell their milk to recognised processors before it is distributed to the consumer.

The board in a statement said it had reviewed its decision to allow for consultations and public participation.

“The Kenya Dairy Board wishes to inform all stakeholders, that the processing of the proposed regulations has been suspended to allow for consultations and further public participation. We wish to thank all our stakeholders and the public in general for the feedback received” read the statement.

The board, however, refuted claims that the regulations were meant to suppress small scale traders.

“It is noted that some comments made through various media outlets are misinterpretations of facts and intentions of the regulations,” said KDB.

The proposed regulations include:

  • Producers or distributors who fail quality test milk before buying face imprisonment not exceeding 12 months or Sh500,000 fine or both.
  • Producers who do not adhere to the board pricing model to face imprisonment not exceeding three months or Sh100,000 fine or both.
  • The board to advise on price for different qualities, grades or types of diary produce. Board says pricing to be determined by incorporating values for quality-based payment system, value chain costs and approved sales margins.
  • No diary dealer allowed to sell or import any diary equipment, material or additives without a permit issued by the milk board.
  • All milk producers required to provide details about their products and location to buyers, and to provide such information to the board on request.
  • All dairy dealers are also required to furnish their returns, reports and estimated or risk a Sh100,000 fine or three-month imprisonment or to both fine and jail term.

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