The national government has launched a capacity building programme aimed at enhancing productivity and profitability in the dairy sector across 21 counties in the country with a focus on the value chain.
The programme dubbed “Dairy Value Chain Platform” which is financed by the World Bank to the tune of 219 million USD will also see each of the partnering county governments chip in Sh 5 million each.
“This project seeks to address poor market prices within the dairy sector which is brought about by the high cost of production along the value chain,” the principal secretary in charge of the state department of livestock Harry Kimutai spoke during the launch in Kitale.
Mr. Kimutai said the end goal is to ensure small holder dairy farmers in the country boost their productivity to achieve full commercialization which is part of the government’s agenda to enhance yield in the sector.
“We want farmers to embrace new technology which will see them reduce the cost of production and increase productivity to have a competitive edge on the market,” the principal secretary said.
The Trans Nzoia county executive committee member in charge of Agriculture Mary Nzomo the initiative has brought on board stakeholders from the government research institutions, feed production and the farmers.
“The stakeholders will also come up with recommendations on the best practices which should be adopted to boost production. This will later be passed on to farmers in the 21 counties,” said Mrs. Nzomo.
The government is separately running a small holder dairy commercialization programme which is funded by the government of Kenya and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is implemented in eight counties.
The project seeks to increase the income of smallholder dairy farmers who are based in Bomet, Kakamega, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Kisii, Nyamira, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru counties.
The project is implemented in three components of Organisation and Enterprise skills, Technical support to smallholder dairy producers and development of the milk market chain.