Cherang’any: Why Dairy farmers risk losing Ksh 100 m world bank project

A processing plant at the Dairy farmers of Trans Nzoia ltd at Mwaita in Cherang’any. The firm has won a Ksh 100 million funding from World Bank to upscale. Photo/Aspect News

Political interference may see Trans Nzoia County lose out on a Ksh 100 million dairy up scaling project that is sponsored by the World Bank following.

The Dairy farmers of Trans Nzoia ltd secured the funding for the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARGIP) which aims at boosting agricultural productivity and profitability.

The Dairy firm, initially Dairy Farmers of Cherang’any, has a capacity to process 24000 liters of Milk within 24 hours following installation of a Ksh 20 million plant. It comprises eight cooperative societies.

 Political interference has however seen some complaints raised against the dairy firm with allegations that former MP Wesley Korir, who is one of the Milk suppliers, influenced the development.

  Mr. Korir is now blaming his political opponents of being insincere in their allegations saying the producer organisation won the funding after its proposal emerged the best as per the regulations.

 “The proposal was successful based on merit after assessment but it now baffles me that somebody wants the funding to be stopped because I am among the milk suppliers,” said the former legislator.

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 A dispute resolution committee comprising ministry of Agriculture and area county government officials recently heard complaints from Cherang’any dairies which lost out on the funding.

A farmer who supplies milk to the competing entities said the tussle is not welcome since it will lead to the cancellation of the entire project for Trans Nzoia which was among the selected counties.

 “These two firms are from Cherang’any constituency. The project stands to benefit farmers in the region and hence there should be an end to this politicking since all of us will lose,” said Mr. Vincent Rono.

The Dairy farmers of Trans Nzoia Ltd is geared towards adding value to milk that will be sourced from the five sub counties of Trans Nzoia with a plan of growing its products and market reach.

“We currently package Yoghurt. We intend to produce UHT Milk, cheese among other dairy products as we spread our tentacles within the region, said the firm’s manager, Ezra Tanui.