Milk coolers to be distributed in ten counties

By Caroline Njenga

The government plans to distribute milk coolers in ten counties in efforts to productivity and commercialize dairy farming.

Livestock Principal Secretary Dr. Andrew Tuimur says the 2.3 billion shillings project targets to reduce wastage between the farm and the market place as well as improve animal feed production.

Dairy cooperatives dominate the marketing of milk in Kenya. Most of marketed milk production in Kenya is from small scale farmers.

Milk is very perishable and requires proper handling to ensure that it reaches the processing facilities or the consumers in good condition.

The move aims at eliminating cases of milk losses and wastage between the farm and the market as well as boost production levels.

The 2.3 billion shillings Small Holder Dairy Commercialization Programme is designed to transform the  dairy farming into a commercial activity with enhanced income.

He encouraged the youth to embrace dairy farming noting that for a long time most young people have despised the agriculture sector by associating it with uneducated personnel.

The PS said the project would be rolled out in 33 more counties.

  

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