- The farmers decided to venture into the dairy sector to increase their earnings.
- Mr Mugo said they have procured a cooler which can hold 10,000 litres of milk.
- Mr Ngahu said collection centres will be established in Muguru, Kanyenyaini and Rwathia.
Dairy farmers in Kangema, Murang’a County have come together to venture into milk processing and have built a Sh300 million plant which will start its operations by the end of this year.
The over 5,000 dairy farmers have avoided bank loans, opting to contribute money from their own savings to venture into milk processing.
Once fully operational, the Kangema plant is expected to process 20,000 litres of milk per hour.
The farmers, who have registered a society by the name Kangema Unity Investment Cooperative, have also bought a 400-acre piece of land in Laikipia on which they plan to grow hay to be distributed to its members to complement the dairy farming.
According to the cooperative’s chairman John Mugo, the farmers decided to venture into the dairy sector to increase their earnings.
He said the plant will be operational by December and will be processing milk and making yoghurt and cheese.
“Farmers joined hands to reap big in the dairy sector. We decided to buy a 400-acre piece of land in Laikipia on which we will be growing hay to distribute to our farmers at a subsidised cost. They will also receive dividends from the sale of the milk and its products,” he said.
Mr Mugo added that the farmers have procured a cooler which can hold 10,000 litres of milk and that they intend to purchase more coolers for distribution to dairy farmers.