By Titus Wafula.
Dairy farmers in Mumias East Constituency will start experiencing a massive turnaround in milk production following government’s intervention aimed at preventing losses occasioned by lack of preservative equipment.
Mulembe Dairy Co-operative Society (MDCS) has received a Sh25 million 3,200 litre milk cooler from Ministry of Agriculture through Kakamega County Director of Co-operatives, Nathan Mukhweso.
Farmers have in the past complained that lack of milk preservative equipment has led to a milk glut.
Speaking at Shianda Polytechnic when he received the cooler, area MP Benjamin Washiali said the facility will increase milk sales.
He said the cooler will seek to increase purchase of milk from small-scale farmers and generate value addition for production of yoghurt, geese, fresh and sour milk for commercial sale.
The MP said the Society which collects around 200 litres a day should motivate small-scale farmers to increase their supply to 500 litres to kick-start operation of the cooler.
He disclosed that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) office had allocated Sh3.5 million towards construction of a cooler room and purchase of a generator to taking care of power outages.