Farmers complain over poor milk market
21 February 2012, 14:46
Dairy farmers in Buuri District of Meru County have
criticized liberalization of markets in the sector claiming it makes the milk
producers vulnerable to losses through brokers, hawkers and seasonal buyers.
According to the Buuri Dairy Association Chairman Mururi
Munyua, these market opportunities threaten milk producers because they are
unreliable and inconsistent.
While speaking during the Buuri Dairy Association Field
day to train dairy farmers to increase milk production, Munyua said various
stakeholders need to collaborate to save the farmer from unreliable marketing
He said through such initiatives, farmers in Buuri are
being trained on animal husbandry and in the next three years they will be able
to produce more than fifty thousand litres of milk per day. This he said will
enable them to establish a milk processing plant.
Currently milk production in the District is low with
cows producing 1-4 litres of milk per day a rate which experts say is
uneconomical to the farmers.
Speaking during the function, the project manager Martin
Gikunda said the region has been faced by persistent drought for the last three
years and farmers need to look for alternative sources of income if they have
to make ends meet.
“Farmers need to consider alternative sources of income
like dairy farming so that when there is crop failure they can use the stalks
and other farm waste to make hay for the animals”, said Gikunda.
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