CS urges farmers to observe best practices in dairy farming to increase production
The CS was speaking when he attendedthe Brookside Dairy Raw Milk Supplier Awards at Brookside Dairy in Ruiru
He commended Brookside Dairy for donating milk to public ECD centres in out school milk programme which has already been adopted by 8 counties.
He was with CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimur and the Chief Executive Chairman Brookside Dairy, Mr. Muhoho Kenyatta.
Kenya’s dairy sub sector contributes about 8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with an annual milk production of 3.43 billion litres.
The country’s milk production is3% of the 18% global production by Sub Saharan Africa. Dairy cattle population is estimated at 4.3 million kept under extensive, semi- intensive and intensive systems of production.
Although smallholder Dairy farmers make up to 80% of total dairy producers and produce 56% of total milk in Kenya,they are constrained by low quantity and quality of feeds, lack of reliable statistical information on milk market outlets, poor rural infrastructure, lack of collateral for loans, low technical skills on husbandry practices, reduced access to veterinary and artificial insemination (AI) services.
By Malachi Motano