The County Government of Uasin Gishu continues to roll out projects engineered at strengthening dairy farming.
On Friday, H.E Governor Jackson Mandago opened the Kaplolo Cattle Dip in Karuna Meibeki Ward, Moiben Sub-County.
The cattle dip was the first in the village in a period of over 10 years. One that existed entering the millennium suffered management issues and was therefore abandoned.
“The County Government of Uasin Gishu wants to make dairy farming an admirable venture,” said H.E Mandago.
Residents of the village were elated as over 300 cows were washed for free. “It is historic because we have gone for about 15 years without a dip. You can see how our cows are afraid of this new structure,” one resident said.
“I now call on everyone to change to pedigree dairy cattle seeds in order to increase yield. Also, everyone should take their animals for dipping as the price is now affordable,” said H.E Mandago after leading herds to the dip.
The County Government of Uasin Gishu is moving fast to make dairy farming a lucrative venture, a classic one stone two bird scenario that works to sensitize against overreliance of cereals farming and at the same time changing livelihoods.
Recently, H.E Mandago gave out cheques amounting Ksh 30 million for renovation of dips and purchase of acaricide.
Another deliberate move to double up milk production is subsidization of Artificial Insemination (AI) services by half.
The Quality seed that went for Ksh 2500 is now Ksh 1500. Dipping price has also been lowered to Ksh 10 down from Ksh 30.