OPERATION LITA KUMI INITIATIVE IMPLEMENTATION PROGRESS BRIEF

OPERATION LITA KUMI INITIATIVE IMPLEMENTATION PROGRESS BRIEF

The County Government of Uasin Gishu, Department of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries on Tuesday held an Implementation progress brief on Operation Maziwa Lita Kumi Initiative, a KCSAP project.

Speaking during the meeting, Agriculture and Livestock Development CECM Samuel Yego noted that there is still low volumes of milk delivered by the farmers to the coolers.

“We need to rally more farmers to deliver their milk to the coolers and with Operation Lita Kumi we will achieve it as farmers will be given more knowledge of dairy production and feeding,” said Yego.

Livestock Development Chief Officer Dr.Victoria Tarus said that the Memorandum of Understanding should be clear between the County Government and the FCS as well as the FCS and the lead farmers because it is the farmer who shows interest in the project and not the FCS Officials.

She further noted that DIGICOW service providers signed contracts with eight FCSs in order to provide veterinary services to farmers in the Cooperatives.

The initiative has registered 2346 farmers from across the 12 Farmer Cooperative Societies under the pilot program that include Ndubeneti, Tuiyo, Singalo, Keitich, Kaplesa, Kuinet, Tingwa, Kaptagat, Sugoi Alliance, Sosiani, Kimoning and Toloita.

Kaplesa FCS in Ziwa Ward, Soy Sub-County receives an average of 2600kgs of milk per day, chills and sells them to the New KCC every two days is the leading pilot Fcs under the project.

Present also were Chief Officers Julius Rotich, Directors Philip Biama(Veterinary)and Simon Langat(Livestock Development).

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