In Summary

  • Farmers will avoid middlemen and deliver their produce directly to processors.
  • The plan is also meant to guarantee farmers good returns and stable supply to consumers during wet and dry seasons.

The government has announced new measures to stabilise milk prices. Under the new plan, farmers will avoid middlemen and deliver their produce directly to processors.

The plan is also meant to guarantee farmers good returns and stable supply to consumers during wet and dry seasons.

Currently, milk producers are reeling from heavy production overheads, thanks to dwindling supply of raw materials such as maize used to manufacture feeds.

At the same time, milk prices in both formal and informal markets have gone up, retailing at between Sh48 to Sh70 per litre.  Some vendors are taking advantage of the situation to sell at between Sh60 and Sh70 a litre in parts of the North Rift.

Cost of production

Shelf prices of milk have continued to shoot up as the ongoing drought continues to push up the cost of production amid shortage of raw material.

Provision of coolers and affordable artificial insemination services by county and national government have, however, contributed to rise in the number of milk cooperatives.

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