Nyandarua County launches free pilot milk program

Nyandarua County Government in collaboration with the New Kenya Cooperative Creameries has officially launched a free pilot milk program.

The program seeks to benefit some 23,000 children under the Early Childhood Development Education program across the region, at a cost of 50 million shillings.

Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia says the milk will be supplied to all public Early Childhood Development centers in the seven sub-counties, three-times a week.

Speaking while launching the programme at Kagondo Primary school in Ndaragwa Constituency, Kimemia said the initiative was necessitated by the fact that over 30% of young children in the county were suffering from malnutrition while another 23% faced stunted growth due to lack of proper nutrition.

He added that the county administration would come up with modalities to extend the program to privately owned nursery schools that account for an estimated 19,000 children.

The program will also be harnessed to ensure that the children also get nutrient rich porridge necessary for growth.

The program seeks to ensure school attendance improves as the rate of normal mental and physical development in children is expected to increase as that of stunted growth declines.

Currently the programme is fully funded by the Nyandarua government but the county will work closely with the national government, private sector, civil society and other development partners to sustain and expand it.

The milk will be provided and distributed by the new KCC from the Nyahururu depot. Kimemia said, this is expected to expand the market for Nyandarua dairy farmers.

New KCC Managing Director Nixon Segei lauded the program terming it as noble and said the company will work with the county to ensure its success.

Currently, there are 496 public Early Childhood Development Education Centers spread across the county. Nyandarua is the fourth county to launch the initiative.



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