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Mumias Sugar to build a milk processing plant in Busia

12 March 2014, 11:27 Jane Zack

Busia - Mumias Sugar Company is considering constructing a milk processing plant in Busia County.

Addressing the press, Mumias Managing director Peter Kebati Tuesday said that they will team up with Busia County government to build the cooling plant if at all farmers will embrace the project.

“We are ready to roll out the project if dairy farmers will convince the management that they have sufficient quantities of milk to sustain the factory and it is my hope that the beneficiaries of this project will take good care of their dairy cows," The MD said.

The MD was speaking at Emukhuyu village in Nambale sub-County of Busia County where he gave one dairy cow to prominent farmers, Consolata Namulanda and Enock Namulanda as part of a dairy project by Mumias where the company is offering farmers alternative revenue streams in contribution to better nutrition and food security.

He added that the dairy project that was launched early last year aims at focusing on complimentary enterprise with sugarcane therefore the identification of Mumias Sugarcane Farmers Dairy Project, which he said is likely to improve cane yields and create an extra income for the farmers.

However, Busia County Agriculture Executive Moses Osia challenged the company to avail more dairy cows to farmers to enable them produce more milk in order to make the milk processing plant a reality.

But Kebati regretted that the infiltration of illegal sugar into the country had led to significant drop in market price per bag from SKES 7 000 in 2011 to the current KES 3 300.

Kenya Sugar Growers Association chairman, Ibrahim Juma blamed the government for the influx of illegal sugar in the country which had pushed local millers out of business.

He therefore urged the government and Kenya Sugar Board to intervene and smash the cartel behind such schemes aimed at killing the local sugar industry.

So far, Mumias Sugar Company has spent nearly KES 4.3 million in the dairy project.

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