Murang’a dairy farmers earn KES.127 million in one month
02 September 2016, 18:05
Nairobi - Dairy farmers from Murang’a County are set to receive more than KES.127 million for the milk they sold to Murang’a county creameries in the month of August.
The farmers will start getting their payment which will be paid through their respective cooperatives.
In the month of July, the county creameries paid KES.110 million to the farmers and currently the milk production has gone high occasioned by intervention programmes.
Murang’a county government rolled out the milk programme in December 2014 after procuring and installing 35 coolers, one in each ward.
Some 28 local dairy cooperatives joined Murang’a County creameries and their milk is collected and marketed by the creameries, which was established by the county government.
The milk production from the dairy farmers has gone up from 2,500 litres per day to more than 120, 000 litres per day.
The County Governor, Mwangi wa Iria has expressed commitment to ensure the milk sector benefits farmers, observing there is a dairy cow in almost every family in the county.
Wa Iria has noted that the milk production was on the rise following major interventions made by his administration to support the dairy sector.
He highlighted provision of animal feeds that includes fodder, sweet potatoes vines and subsided artificial insemination as some of the interventions behind the success of the sector, saying the sector had turned to be a major income earner to most of Murang’a farmers.
The county creameries entered into contract with a private company to purchase the milk at KES.40 per litre.
The excess milk the company pays KES.38 per litre, but farmers are paid a guaranteed price of KES.35 per litre.
He said the county government is in process to complete construction of a milk plant which will process and package the excess milk from the farmers.
He said the creameries will continue to sell milk to the private company and that only surplus milk will be processed at the plant being constructed in Maragua area
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