Small scale farmers asked to turn to dairy farming

The government has asked small scale farmers in maize producing counties to venture in dairy farmers to improve on their incomes.

The Livestock Principal Secretary, Harry Kimutai speaking during smallholder farmers’ meeting in Trans Nzoia County said they should venture into dairy farming that has ready market.

We are asking residents to embrace smallholder farming where farmers are encouraged to diversify especially into the dairy sector, he said.

At the same time, the PS challenged county governments to work closely with the ministry of agriculture to carry out routine vaccinations on cattle to contain diseases, which have been affecting maximum production of milk.

The Trans Nzoia Deputy Governor, Dr. Stanley Tarus said the programme will go a long way in boosting the diversification initiative which has taken shape in several parts of the county.

We we are partnering with the national government to ensure this project reach smallholder farmers at the village level. This will empower them to be more productive especially to those with small pieces of land, he said.

The county agriculture and livestock executive, Mary Nzomo welcomed the initiative saying it would boost local milk production which had declined.

The county government is also focused on boosting milk production since it is one of the key priority areas captured in our integrated development plan, said Nzomo.

The smallholder dairy commercialization programme, funded by the government of Kenya and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD, is being implemented in eight counties.

The project seeks to increase the income of smallholder dairy farmers based in Bomet, Kakamega, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, Kisii, Nyamira, Uasin Gishu and Nakuru counties.

The project is implemented in three components of Organization and Enterprise skills, Technical support to smallholder dairy producers and development of the milk market chain.

Source: Kenya News Agency