DAIRY FARMERS SET TO REAP BIG IN NEW PROGRAM

DAIRY FARMERS SET TO REAP BIG IN NEW PROGRAM

A significant increase in milk production has been anticipated following an incentive program set to be rolled out by the County Government of Uasin Gishu.

Through a collaboration with the World Bank, the program is expected to see an increase in milk production. The county has set up about 46 cooling plants.

The program dubbed Operation Lita Kumi proposed by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock Development and the Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture program (KCSAP) seeks to pick 200 farmers surrounding 12 cooler plants, totaling to 2400 farmers across the County.

In the program, the County is tasked with selecting the Cooperative societies and building capacity for farmers, giving them an insight into the program’s agenda.

KCSAP will fund the program by serving two cows from every farmer with sexed semen, provide feed establishment and reproductive performance through treatment and extension.

The animals which will be served in December are expected to sire by the end of next year, this bringing an upscale of milk production to more than 2,000 litres of milk in each of the selected plants.

Leading in a consultative meeting, Uasin Gishu KCSAP project coordinator Cosmas Langat noted that this initiative has come in handy to empower the cooperative societies through milk production and value addition.

He noted that this will be a catalyst towards farmers’ economic boost as well as the revival of milk production in Uasin Gishu County.

The meeting was attended by Veterinary Director Dr. Philip Biama, Sub-County and Ward Administrators, Sub-County and Ward Agriculture and Livestock Officers.

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