Plans to form a Dairy Union

A farmer transporting milk in Kenya. Photo - Frederic Courbet

Plans are underway to form a dairy union that will see milk producers in Uasin Gishu County seek to overcome the constraints in the dairy sector, by acting collectively as a team.

A stakeholder engagement meeting was held by the County Government of Uasin Gishu through the Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme Phase Two (ASDSP II) on Tuesday to deliberate on various ways of forming the union.

Speaking during the meeting, Agriculture CEC Edward Sawe said that the objective of the dairy union is to improve milk volume and quality, improve access to quality feeds, improve dairy production of small-holder farmers among the members, improve access to dairy machinery and equipment and also improve dairy market access where farmers will share their prices thus cushioning them against brokers and middlemen.

Sawe also said that the county is set to distribute lime to farmers since they have realized that soil acidity is high in the county and there is a need for soil amendment.

County Economic Advisor Philip Meli said that Governor Jonathan Bii’s Nguzo Kumi initiative prioritizes Agriculture through the practical economic empowerment programs that need to leverage on numbers and general use of land, further challenging them to move fast in forming the dairy union that will see them venture into value addition.

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