Dairy farmers in the Kisumu County in Kenya will receive relief after the completion of a Ksh.30 million cooling plant at Shauri Moyo in Muhoroni. The project is set to enhance the production of milk in the county seeing as Kisumu County produces 26 million litres of milk annually while the annual consumption is over 70 million litres.
Deputy County Director of Veterinary Services Maurice Omondi said the project incorporates upgrading local breeds to boost milk production. Statistic indicated that exotic breeds which produce more milk account for 60% of the milk production while indigenous breeds 40%.
Moreover, the project will allow the local farmers in the county to upgrade their cattle to the exotics breeds through artificial insemination. Dr Omondi said that the cooling plant, with the capacity to hold 10,000 litres of milk, will open opportunities for storage of milk for farmers as well as value addition.
The project is set to improve the lives of a huge number of women in the region especially women whose main source of income is farming. It will enhance the capacity for milk production in the county.