Dairy farmers in Uasin Gishu County have reason to smile after the government commissioned an ultra-modern milk plant at the New KCC factory in Eldoret.
The Sh. 400,000 million UHT plant will support farmers in driving dairy as a business.
Speaking during the launch, Uasin Gishu governor, Jackson Mandago commended the national government for the initiative, adding that his government had established 50 cooling structures, reduced cattle dip fee to Sh. 10 from Sh 25 and ensured farmers have access to loans at an interest of five percent.
He further said that the county has constructed three milk cooling plants at Ainabkoi, Muungano and Tuiyolet.
New KCC Eldoret factory Managing Director, Nickson Sigei hailed the government for the modernization of the firm arguing that technology will enhance the production.
I applaud the national government for zero rating milk inputs such as aluminum containers a move that will aid farmers in the storage and transportation of quality milk to the factory for processing, said Sigei.
Sigei pointed that New KCC has eight factories in the country and a total of 80,000 farmers adding that the Eldoret milk factory receives up to 20,000 liters of milk from farmers daily, an amount he expects to increase with the launch of the unit.
Source: Kenya News Agency