President Ruto to attend 9th Meru Dairy Farmers Field Day today

The Meru Dairy Cooperative Union Board of Management led by the CEO Kenneth Gitonga (third right) and Chairman Simon Kiruja (fourth right) speak to journalists. Photo: John Majau

President William Ruto is set to preside over the 9th annual Meru Dairy Farmers Field Day which will be held at Gitoro ASK showground today.

This will mark the second time the Head of State will preside over the event for two years consecutively.

He will join over 50, 000 dairy farmers in marking this year’s Meru Dairy Farmers Field Day moments after officially launching the KSh100 million Dairy feeds factory at Mitunguu in South Imenti.

Meru Dairy CEO Kenneth Gitonga said the office of the President has already confirmed that the Head of State will be the guest of honour on Thursday, June 13, a reschedule from the initial tomorrow that was earlier communicated.

Gitonga said the President is on the same day, expected to officially launch the KSh100 million Dairy feeds factory at Mitunguu in South Imenti.

“It has taken this Co-operative more than two years to prepare for a feeding Mill. I am here to inform farmers that the Field Day will take place at ASK Gitoro. It is a great honour. We anticipate the support from the President because it will go a long way to bring the cost of feeds down. Let’s come out in large numbers for the respect of the President because he is the first sitting President to grace the occasion twice consecutively,” said Gitonga.

He said that as leaders they aim to reduce the cost of milk production through lowering farm inputs, artificial insemination, and other related products.

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Gitonga appealed to Kenyan MPs to ensure that the Finance Bill is friendly to farmers by subsidizing inputs even as the debate on the Bill enters the final stages at the National Assembly.

“The subsidy should cater for farm inputs and processing costs. If farmers have milk but processing is costly, they will never help themselves,” Gitonga said.

Expressing similar sentiments, the Meru Dairy Cooperative Union Chairman Simon Kiruja said their ninth field day is extremely special to farmers as there will be established well-known exhibitors who will create awareness among farmers.

Speaking during the launch of the dissemination of the Fourth Medium Term Plan (MTP IV) In Meru last week, Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi said that his ministry will establish a KSh100 million feed Mill in Meru for the production of quality animal feeds.

“We have also allocated KSh300 million to adjust and motivate our youths to grow fodder. We must end imports of edible oils. I urge every farmer to turn to his land and utilize it for this country to eradicate hunger,” he said.

By John Majau

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