CONSTRUCTION OF A FIRST FARMER-OWNED MILK PROCESSING PLANT HAS FINALLY COMMENCED IN NANDI COUNTY
The construction of the proposed Nandi Cooperative Creameries (NCC), the first farmer-owned milk processing plant in Nandi has commenced in Kabiyet.
In preparation for the Milk Processing Plant, the County Government of Nandi is supporting new and reviving dormant as well as strengthening emerging & existing dairy farmer’s cooperatives across the county; through capacity building, provision of subsidized AI services, rehabilitation of cattle dips and bringing milk coolers closer to farmers.
“It is imperative to note that the dairy sector plays a big role in our county and with better returns, farmers will be able to improve their livelihoods. We therefore need strong societies that enable dairy farmers increase their bargaining power and prolly get good returns for their commodity.” said CEC Agriculture and Cooperative Development Hon Benard Lagat talking during one of the sensitization meeting with the farmers.
Once complete, the processing plant will ensure farmers have a ready market for their produce and help them improve their livelihoods as well as the county’s economy.
The Nandi farmers will have an opportunity to add value to their milk and sell processed milk to the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) counties where the market is huge.
The plant when complete will have a capacity to process 1000 litres of milk per day.