County Government of Uasin Gishu will not relent in it’s mandate to totally eradicate poverty amongst its residents through a rigorous campaign of sensitizing and supporting farmers in various viable farming ventures.
Speaking at a Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP/ UGC DCA) exit workshop in Ainabkoi Farmers Coop Society chilling plant, Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor H.E Hon Daniel Chemno called on the players in the dairy sector to respect farmers while doing business with them.
“farmers have been subjected to abject poverty through unscrupulous deals by cartels who import powdered milk from the neighbouring countries leading to grossly unfair competition in the industry, “ said Chemno
“……as County Government, we’ve put in place stringent measures to protect our farmers by curbing corrupt activities through empowering them financially and availing machinery in the animal feed production sector.” He added
While distributing avocado seedlings, the DG said he was happy seeing a good number of farmers coming to their realization that diversification into commercially high crops such as avocado, tea, coffee is the best way to exit the poverty cocoon.
The programme’s (SDCP) goal is to increase the income of poor rural families that depend substantially on production and trade of dairy and related products for their livelihoods. The programme focuses on improving financial returns and job creation in rural areas.
CECM for Agriculture Samuel Yego thanked the cooperative society for producing best quality animal feeds to the farmers and SDCP for supporting the dairy industry by providing cooler systems in Uasin Gishu county.
County Director of Livestock Production Simon Lang’at said several dairy groups have been empowered to increase milk production per cow from 5-15 litres per day.
County officials and several dairy stakeholders among them Brookside Dairy also attended the workshop.