Nandi County Government will set up a milk processing factory within the next two years to enable dairy farmers in the county add value to their milk. The plant will see farmers through their cooperatives own shares and sit in the board thereby giving them a say in how the industry is run.
According to a source, the plant which will be set up in Kabiyet in conjunction with the CHAN ZUCKERBERG Foundation will handle more than 100,000 kilograms of milk per day and will sit on more than 70 acres of land.
“Apart from investing in the plant itself, the foundation will equip all cooperatives with state of the art equipment like coolers, vehicles, quality control equipment etc., train employees and managers on best practices and offer extension services to ensure that the quality of milk produced and processed is of the top most quality,” said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Governor Stephen Sang in a recent consultative meeting with representatives of Nandi Dairy Cooperatives union stated that improving dairy farming and dairy farmer’s welfare was central to his five year manifesto. Already a comprehensive market survey is being carried out jointly by the departments of Trade and Agriculture and the Dairy farmers’ cooperative union to establish the volumes of milk produced in the county, the challenges faced by the farmers and their opinions on how the project should be run.
The value added products targeted include Cheese, butter, ghee, mala, yoghurt, milk powder among others which will be marketed locally, regionally and internationally with a specific focus on the middle eastern and Asian Market. This will enable Nandi county leverage on it’s competitive advantage within the newly formed Lake Region Economic Block ( LREB).