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Dairy farmers want changes in firm’s board

BUSIA
By | February 15th 2010

By standard team

Farmers in North Rift want the New KCC management dissolved over the ongoing milk glut.

The farmers said the anomaly resulted from failure by the management to do a proper projection of milk supplies and to address expansion of processing plants.

Speaking in Eldoret on Sunday, the farmers, appealed to Co-operative Development Minister Joseph Nyagah to appoint a new management to improve efficiency.

"Farmers have adopted new production techniques. Their efforts should not be wasted," said Juma Katam from Keiyo.

Nyagah is expected to tour the Eldoret New KCC plant today and meet dairy farmers in the North Rift.

Meanwhile, Cotu Secretary-General Francis Atwoli asked Nyagah to resign over the milk glut. He told the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission to probe the dairy sector woes and arrest the minister if he declines to resign.

Speaking to The Standard in Khwisero, Mr Atwoli said:"Let the minister bear political responsibility for failure to run his duties diligently... Police should investigate him since farmers want answers," said Atwoli.

And Rift Valley MPs have asked the Government to address the crisis facing the dairy sector.

Kipkelion MP Magerer Langat and nominated MP Musa Sirma said losses incurred by farmers were a threat to the sector.

Mr Sirma said the Government should revitalise the New KCC by expanding its capacity.

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