The Kathozweni Co-operative Society has received Sh.57 million from USAID to construct a dairy milk pasteurizing plant in the area.
Area Deputy Governor, Adelina Mwau speaking during the ground breaking ceremony said from the donation, Sh.27 million will go to purchasing of milk processing equipment, while Sh.30 million will buy supportive machines.
Mwau, therefore challenged local residents to keep dairy animals so as to increase milk production to supply to the processing plant.
As a County Government, we have subsidized Artificial Insemination (AI) to improve the cow breeds and ensure milk production increased to supply to the plant for processing, she said.
While, saying Escobar Limited (contractor) has been identified, the deputy governor said that the work will start on 04/12/2017, and urged the contractor to ensure quality.
I don’t want this project to be another white elephant here in Makueni. Anybody found of mismanaging the monies, will be dealt according to the law of the land, she warned.
On his part, chief of party at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Dr. Romano Kiome who are implementers of the project said that the plant will have a storage capacity of 10,000 litres while processing 1,000 litres per hour.
Dr. Kiome also emphasized the need for the increase of membership from 500 farmers to 1000 in a bid to increase milk production that will be required to be supplied to the plant to make it viable.
I urge the cooperative management to increase their membership so that there will be frequent supply of milk to the plant once it becomes functional, he said.
He observed that at the moment farmers were able to supply 1,500 litres of milk daily which was far much below the expected needs.
According to the Project Architect Eng. Gideon Gumbao, the construction will be completed in July 2018.
Source: Kenya News Agency