Kilifi County Government has launched a program to issue high breed dairy cattle to farmers in the entire county to boost milk production.
Chief Officer for livestock development in Kilifi County Fredrick Kaingu said the county is setting up milk processing plants to ensure the milk produced is well stored and processed.
Authorities say the County has a capacity of producing up to 22 million liters of milk per year which means only 60,000 liters of milk are produced daily.
Speaking during the official handing over of 21 dairy cows bought in Naivasha at Ruruma, Chief Officer Frederick Kaingu said that since 2015 the county had supplied 135 dairy cows to farmers which have a capacity to produce 8 to 15 litres per day.
Milk processing plants are now being constructed in Rabai, Ganze, Kilifi north and Marafa in Magarini Sub County and will be managed by farmers in those areas.
Kaingu said the county also intends to set up a honey processing plant to process and package honey in the county as well as a ranching revitalization program to boost production of beef meat and generate income to the ranch owners.
On his part, Kilifi County Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi said the county had invested heavily on dairy cattle which are expensive, so as to help in the development agenda through agriculture.
In the plan, benefiting farmers will receive a dairy cow but once it sires a calf, the farmer is expected to give the calf to another farmer so as to ensure each farmer benefits.