The Kiambu County government is planning to start a breeding farm that will see dairy farmers provided with high yielding heifers and quality artificial insemination services as the county government seeks to strengthen the dairy sector.
Deputy governor James Nyoro says his government will also introduce a bill in the County Assembly to regulate the quality of animal feeds sold to farmers in the county.
Only half of the 13,000 liters of milk produced daily by farmers in Kiambu County is processed due to inadequate cooling plants with farmers being forced to sell the remaining milk in its raw form at a much lower price.
Nyoro says his government will ensure additional dairy cooperatives in the area get milk coolers to increase their milk storage capacity.
There are also plans to start a breeding farm to provide dairy farmers with quality semen and improved high yielding heifers at a cheaper price to boost milk production in the county.
The Kiambu County government plans to allocate 10% of its budget to agriculture in a bid to boost the county’s food security.