The government has set up a taskforce to collect views from
stakeholders in the dairy sector on how to effectively implement new
dairy regulations pertaining the sale of milk, which has elicited sharp reactions from farmers.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri said the taskforce,
which will be operational for three weeks, will advise the Ministry of
Agriculture through the Kenya Dairy Board on how to implement the
regulations. “We want to get the input of stakeholders on how we can gradually implement the new dairy laws without subjecting anyone to unfairness,” he said at Ngonyek area in Cherang’any constituency.
He said the government has installed 14 milk coolers within Trans Nzoia County aimed at boosting dairy production as one way of promoting diversification, which will enable farmers to increase their revenue. “The government has put emphasis on several measures to promote dairy
farming in this region, with plans underway to set up a dairy feeds
processing firm to serve this region,” said CS Kiunjuri.
Cherang’any MP Joshua Kutuny called on the government to eradicate
forces which he said are deliberately frustrating dairy farmers by making the cost of production higher. “Milk prices are poor, making it hard for farmers to get high returns,” he said “Milk powder has taken over the market owing to punitive taxation regimes imposed on the milk production sector,” said Kutuny.
Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba had also called for concerted
efforts to effectively implement policies in the agriculture sector to
achieve desired goals which are geared towards boosting production “There are many policies which are not in operation owing to a lack of implementation brought about by a lack of commitment from the implementing agencies,” said Governor Khaemba.