Forty farmers in Mumias West Sub-county have received dairy cows from the County Government of Kakamega under the One cow initiative programme.
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said that the programme was aimed at improving the livelihoods of the people alongside increasing on the production of milk in the area.
Mr. Oparanya who was speaking at Matawa youth polytechnic where he presented the animals to the farmers said that the County government had identified an investor who was willing to start up a milk processing firm in the area but required 10,000 litres of milk for processing per day.
He said farmers therefore had to work hard to increase on the production of milk which he said was a promising enterprise.
In 2016 the County Government donated 40 cows to farmers in the area. Statistics indicate that the animals are expected to produce an average of 15 liters of milk per day per cow and that there are over 2,000 dairy cows in the area.
Mr. Oparanya said that with the increasing number of dairy animals, the Sub-county will have enough milk for sale and for consumption.
Source: Kenya News Agency