County government to improve dairy sector

Siaya county government will continue supporting dairy farmers through provision of improved breeds, area governor Cornel Rasanga has said.

Rasanga said apart from increasing milk production in the county, the devolved unit will also strengthen dairy cooperative societies to enhance processing and marketing of livestock products.

The governor was speaking in Ruwe village, Sidindi ward, Ugunja Sub County on Thursday when he presided over the distribution of dairy cows to farmers in the area.

He called on residents of the county to venture into dairy farming that was more profitable than keeping the traditional breed that could hardly produce a litre of milk.

Rasanga said the earlier challenge that rocked the dairy improvement programme, where several cows died had been addressed, adding that each of the animals that his government was donating has been insured.

He said his government would soon launch a school milk programme that will largely use locally produced milk, thus giving farmers a ready market.

Addressing the same occasion, Sidindi ward administrator, Fredrick Ochieng Opondo said the county government had so far distributed 218 dairy cattle to the farmers in the area.

Opondo said the cattle were part of a Sh22.5 million dairy improvement project in the ward that was planned for in the county government’s budget 2016/2017 financial year.

He said the benefiting farmers have been trained on dairy farming and are expected to take proper care of the animals so as to maximize on their profits.

Source: Kenya News Agency