MURANG’A, Kenya, Aug 31 – Dairy farmers in Murang’a have registered increased production of milk to 127,000 kilogrammes per day up from 5,000 kilogrammes as an initiative by the County government launched two years ago takes shape.
Farmers for their August deliveries of milk through the 35 coolers will receive Sh127 million following increased production.
Contracted milk transporters have been instrumental in collect and delivery of milk from the farmers charging Sh2 per kilogramme.
Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria said production was on the rise following major interventions made by his administration to support the dairy sector.
“Provision of animal feeds that includes fodder, sweet potatoes veins and subsided artificial insemination are some of the intervention behind the success of the sector that has turned to be a major income earner in Murang’a,” said Iria.
Speaking at Kenol after addressing youth polytechnic managers, Governor Wa Iria said Murang’a county government in 2014/2015 bought 35 milk coolers which were donated to the dairy cooperatives to support the sector which was identified as one of economic pillars with a huge potential in the county.
Sustained guaranteed price of Sh35 per kilogramme has been part of the success of the dairy project in Murang’a County a venture that has attracted more farmers to join Murang’a County Creameries (MCC).
Youths in the county have benefited from high quality dairy cows which they take through a loan and pay through deductions from milk deliveries.
Fielding questions from the media, the Governor said milk processing plant in Maragua will be operational in three months and handle surplus milk after deliveries to the contracted processor.
“Contract agreement with Brookside of 80,000 kilogrammes per day will continue as the plant will only process the surplus milk which will be sold under brand name of Murang’a Fresh,” said Iria.