Ward representatives have passed a motion to compel the Executive to invest in a milk factory that will enable dairy farmers reap from their investmen
Ward representatives have passed a motion to compel the Executive to invest in a milk factory that will enable dairy farmers reap from their investments.
Githioro MCA Sambigi Mukuria regretted that milk prices had dropped from Sh35 to Sh21 per litre while State-owned New Kenya Cooperative Creameries was buying the commodity at Sh22 a litre.
Mr Mukuria said farmers would have the option of selling their milk to the factory run by the county instead of incurring losses by dealing with private companies that were paying them 'peanuts'.
"It is a shame that the government has not taken any action despite the cries by dairy farmers. It is now our mandate as a county to intervene and build our own milk-processing plant," he said.
Mukuria said the plant would also end the exploitation of farmers by middlemen.
The MCA revealed that the factory's construction was contained in the County Integrated Development Plan thus making it a priority project.
No funds have been allocated for the project in the current financial year. Last week, farmers in the region protested the decision by milk processors to slash farm-gate prices.
"There was no explanation given by the management of the dairy processing plants where we deliver the milk. It took effect in all dairy plants,” said Jane Muthoni.
Ms Muthoni said farmers were incurring losses running in the millions of shillings because the cost of livestock feeds had not fallen.
“We need help from the government because the price of hay and other animal feeds keep increasing due to the current drought. We do not understand why the milk prices dropped."
John Njenga, a dairy farmer in Pondo village, wondered why milk prices had fallen yet demand was high.
“It is common sense that when a commodity is in demand, the price goes up. We are experiencing the opposite in Nyandarua,” he said.